Search “Sufjan Stevens and Dessner brothers Christmas EP” in Google and you’ll find many rumors. Now it’s time for some actual music. While it remains to be seen whether an actual release will ever come to fruition, The National’s Aaron and Bryce Dessner used their recent takeover of BBC 6 Mix to debut two Christmas-themed tracks that feature themselves, Arcade Fire’s Richard Parry (who also participated in the BBC Mix), and good ol’ Sufjy.
Introducing their rendition of “Silent Night”, Aaron Dessner explained that the song was recorded a few years ago in his attic in Brooklyn. “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.” A similar story was told for the second track, an original composition titled “Barcarola”.
Thanks to Between hipsters and God there is Sufjan Stevens, you can stream both tracks below.