Sufjan Stevens, The National's Bryce Dessner Contribute to Album for Insomniacs

Sufjan Stevens, who's put his 50 States Project on hold for the Brooklyn-Queens Expressway, is now creating music about a state of mind.

Music for Insomnia, a release via Asthmatic Kitty director Lowell Brams, is a result of both Brams and Stevens' sleeplessness. The National's Bryce Dessner lends electric and acoustic guitars as Stevens, also Brams' stepson, plays instruments a bit more unconventional, most notably a Little Casio, as well as some duct tape and hair.

Music for Insomnia will become part of the label's Library Catalog Series, a collection of instrumentals meant to serve as background music in film, television or the office, if not for more specific activities like high stakes poker, car chases, or "planning the rest of your life, of which this is the first day." The album is slated for a Dec. 8 release.


1. Chattering Garden Trolls
2. Alpha to Theta
3. Short Circadian Partita
4. Hypnagogic Hallucination
5. Melatonin Lullaby
6. Horse Spindles
7. Dream About Vince Guaraldi
8. A Cross Section of Clown Mountain

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