Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Sufjan Stevens Covers Arthur Russell's "A Little Lost"

I'm unsure I need to say much about Sufjan Stevens' recent cover of Arthur Russell's 1994 single "A Little Lost" other than what the renowned indie-folk artist had to say about the song himself:

"I like “A Little Lost” because it’s all about kissing. I love kissing. If I could kiss all day, I would. I can’t stop thinking about kissing. I like kissing more than sex because there’s no end to it. You can kiss forever. You can kiss yourself into oblivion. You can kiss all over the body. You can kiss yourself to sleep. And when you wake up, you can’t stop thinking about kissing. Dammit, I can’t get anything done because I’m so busy thinking about kissing. Kissing is madness! But it’s absolute paradise, if you can find a good kisser."

Fair enough - I think we can all agree with that. Master Mix: Red Hot + Arthur Russell, The Red Hot Organization's highly-anticipated tribute to Arthur Russell, the musician and composer who died from AIDS in 1992, is out October 21 via Yep Roc. In addition to Sufjan's cover, it features new spins from Robyn, Hot Chip, Blood Orange, Phosphorescent, Jose Gonzalez, Devendra Banhart, Arcade Fire's Richard Reed Parry, Scissor Sisters, Cults, and more.

I've always loved this Arthur Russell classic so much, so I was delighted Sufjan tried his hand at it. I think it came out lovely. Listen to the cover and original below:

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