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Watch Sufjan Stevens and Bryce Dessner Perform "Pleasure Principle"

July 25, 2011  |  3:09pm
Watch Sufjan Stevens and Bryce Dessner Perform "Pleasure Principle"

Whether you were first acquainted with the track in your living room or as a wide-eyed audience member during the singer’s sensory rich live performances, it’s hard not to consider Sufjan Steven’s sprawling 25-minute “Impossible Soul” as one of the highlights of last year’s The Age of Adz.

On stage, interspersed throughout neon rich theatrics, feathers are worn, glitter is tossed and a even a few tears are shed as the track takes it time building from pulsing auto-tuned pleas to joyous chanting and finally, the acoustic lullabye “Pleasure Principle.”

In anticipation of his final Age of Adz shows at Prospect Park in Brooklyn on Aug. 2 and 3, the singer recently appeared on WNYC where he answered a few questions and performed “Pleasure Principle” with the help of Bryce Dessner of The National.

The resulting recording is (not surprisingly) exquisite and luckily, you can watch a video of the performance below.

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