Sufjan Stevens and The National Play Christmas Tunes

“Silent Night”/ “Barcarola”

Dec 21, 2010 Bookmark and Share

In a recent BBC 6 Mix, The National brothers Aaron and Bryce Dessner unleashed a bit of Christmas cheer in the form of two unreleased tracks by their pal, Sufjan Stevens. The tracks, “Silent Night” and original composition “Barcarola” feature the Dessner brothers, along with Arcade Fire’s Richard Parry—who donated his bass-playing skills to the occasion.

Said Aaron of “Silent Night,” "Sufjan Stevens makes a Christmas album every year for his friends…and this was a few years ago. Richie happened to be in town and he happened to have his big, beautiful, upright bass and we recorded ‘Silent Night'… and it kind of made us all love this song again.” Surely fans will feel the same.

Head over to Consequence of Sound to stream both.

The National appeared on the cover of our “Wasted on the Youth” issue.

Sufjan Stevens graces the cover of our year-end issue.

(Via: CoS)




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