Sufjan Stevens to appear on The Roots upcoming album, undun (due December 6th)
In an interview with SPIN Magazine, The Roots’ Questlove officially announced that Sufjan Stevens will make an appearance on its new album, undun, due out Decmember 6th.
“We’ve always loved the song ‘Redford’ from Michigan. So we close the new album with a cover of “Redford.” We stretched it out into this four-part movement. Part 1 is Sufjan at the piano performing it. And then Part 2 is a string quartet that we had interpret it. Part 3 is myself and D.D. Jackson, who is an avant-garde piano player. He’s probably one of the most dangerous pianists — I don’t know how he doesn’t have carpal tunnel now. But he just destroys, literally, destroys the piano. The final movement, which ends the record, is essentially the beginning of the story. But it’s the last thing you hear. It’s a very powerful piece of work.”
He goes on to explain Sufjan’s influence on the new album and the concept behind it. Check out the whole interview here. The Roots also recently released a new video for the track “Tip The Scale,” which you can watch below. —Caitlyn Grabenstein