Days after he announced the immediate release of new EP “All Delighted People,” Sufjan Stevens has left the starting block for a new full-length album, “The Age of Adz.” The 11-track set will be released Oct. 12 on the singer-songwriter’s own label Asthmatic Kitty. Pre-orders are available now.
 
Stevens has alluded to abandoning his “States project,” in which he wrote about specific history and context of each of the United states, which included Michigan and Illinois. According to a press release, there is no concept behind this album. “The album relinquishes the songwriter’s former story-telling techniques for more basic proclamations unhindered by concepts: there are few narrative conceits or character sketches, no historical panoramas, no civic gestures, no scene, setting, conflict, resolution or denouement,” adding that the themes explored are “personal and primal.”
 
“Adz” – pronounced “odds” – is a reference to late outsider artist Royal Robertson, whose art will grace the album art; Stevens used his apocalyptic and fantastical work as “an idealistic springboard” in making the album.
 
While “All Delighted People” had its own lengthy tracks, the closer on “Adz” seems like it will take the cake: “Impossible Soul” is marked with a 25:35 duration.
 
Click here to listen to “All Delighted People” and to purchase.
 
“Adz” marks Stevens’ first proper studio full-length album of original songs since the one-two punch of “Illinois” and “The Avalanche” in 2005/2006. Last year he promoted his experimental “film and musical suite” “The BQE” and “Run Rabbit Run,” a re-imagining of an earlier electronic-based album “Enjoy Your Rabbit.”
 
Stevens will be on his historic theater tour starting Oct. 12 through Nov. 15, with dates (including the sold-out ones) below.
 
Here is the tracklist for Sufjan Stevens' "The Age of Adz":
 
1. Futile Devices - 2:11
2. Too Much - 6:44
3. Age of Adz - 8:00
4. I Walked - 5:01
5. Now That I'm Older - 4:56
6. Get Real Get Right - 5:10
7. Bad Communication - 2:24
8. Vesuvius - 5:26
9. All for Myself - 2:55
10. I Want To Be Well - 6:27
11. Impossible Soul - 25:35
 
Here are Sufjan Stevens' tour dates:

October 12             Metropolis Theater            Montreal, QC
October 13            Massey Hall            Toronto, ON
October 14            Royal Oak Music Theater (SOLD OUT)            Royal Oak, MI
October 15            Chicago Theater (SOLD OUT)            Chicago, IL
October 16            Orpheum Theater            Minneapolis, MN
October 17            Uptown Theater            Kansas City, MO
October 19            The Long Center for the Performing Arts           Austin, TX
October 20            McFarlin Memorial Auditorium            Dallas, TX
October 22             Mesa Arts Center-Ikeda Theater             Mesa, AZ
October 23            The Wiltern (SOLD OUT)            Los Angeles, CA
October 24            The Wiltern (SOLD OUT)            Los Angeles, CA
October 25            The Paramount Theater            Oakland, CA
October 26            The Paramount Theater (SOLD OUT)            Oakland, CA
October 28            Orpheum Theater (SOLD OUT)            Vancouver, BC
October 29            Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall            Portland, OR
October 30            The Paramount Theatre            Seattle, WA
November 1            Kingsbury Hall            Salt Lake City, UT
November 2             Paramount Theatre            Denver, CO
November 4            Hilbert Circle Theatre            Indianapolis, IN
November 5            Bijou Theater (SOLD OUT)            Knoxville, TN
November 6            The Tabernacle (SOLD OUT)            Atlanta, GA
November 7            Thomas Wolfe Auditorium            Asheville, NC
November 9            The National            Richmond, VA
November 10            Kimmel Center            Philadelphia, PA
November 11            Orpheum Theatre (SOLD OUT)            Boston, MA
November 12            Orpheum Theatre            Boston, MA
November 14            Beacon Theatre (SOLD OUT)            New York, NY
November 15            Beacon Theatre (SOLD OUT)            New York, NY