11 Songs, 51 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

If you ever wondered what it might sound like if a whimsical indie rocker got together with an adventurous experimental composer and an iconoclastic rapper, Sisyphus will satisfy your curiosity. Featuring Sufjan Stevens, Son Lux, and Serengeti, this project is nominally hip-hop, its nervous boom-bap beats and kinetic rapping flanked by a wily array of synths, strings, and electronic textures. Album opener "Calm It Down" sounds like jilted '90s rap—that is until it melts into atmospheric shoegaze in its second half, with Stevens borrowing the mic to sing the song to sleep. There are moments of captivating beauty here ("I Won't Be Afraid"), mixed in with moments of quizzical experimentation ("Booty Call"). "Alcohol," with its enticing Nine Inch Nails electro-march vibe, is a standout. Sisyphus is a dizzying, engrossing listen. You'd expect nothing less from this trio.

EDITORS’ NOTES

If you ever wondered what it might sound like if a whimsical indie rocker got together with an adventurous experimental composer and an iconoclastic rapper, Sisyphus will satisfy your curiosity. Featuring Sufjan Stevens, Son Lux, and Serengeti, this project is nominally hip-hop, its nervous boom-bap beats and kinetic rapping flanked by a wily array of synths, strings, and electronic textures. Album opener "Calm It Down" sounds like jilted '90s rap—that is until it melts into atmospheric shoegaze in its second half, with Stevens borrowing the mic to sing the song to sleep. There are moments of captivating beauty here ("I Won't Be Afraid"), mixed in with moments of quizzical experimentation ("Booty Call"). "Alcohol," with its enticing Nine Inch Nails electro-march vibe, is a standout. Sisyphus is a dizzying, engrossing listen. You'd expect nothing less from this trio.

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About Sisyphus

Electro/indie/rap combo Sisyphus first appeared in 2012 under the project name s / s / s, referring to the names of its three collaborators: indie songwriter Sufjan Stevens, electronic artist Son Lux, and rapper Serengeti. The trio originally formed around Serengeti, who invited a number of artists, Stevens among them, to collaborate on a potential new album of his. Pleased with Stevens' contributions, he sent a track to Son Lux, who then put his own stamp on it. The three musicians decided to release the resulting song "Museum Day" as a trio under the s / s / s logo. A debut EP called Beak & Claw followed. Changing their name to Sisyphus, the group completed their self-titled debut LP which was released in March 2014. ~ Timothy Monger

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