A trio of musicians who all seem to have a thing for stage names and monikers, have teamed up for a musical endeavor under the name of Sisyphus.
Formerly known as s/s/s, Sisyphus is made up of Asthmatic Kitty labelmates Son Lux (a.k.a. Ryan Lott), Serengeti (a.k.a. David Cohn) and Sufjan Stevens.
Stevens gave more details surrounding the new album and the reasoning behind the name change in an interview with Dan Johnson. “s/s/s started to sound like the Nazi Schutzstaffel with a lisp so we had to change it. We wanted a word with three S’s and Sisyphus felt like a capable anti-hero—endless struggle, the human plague, the existential condition. We are all working towards nothing. Also, the apparent futility of this collaboration—a black rapper from Chicago, a white singer-songwriter from Detroit, and an arty producer with cool glasses, though I dunno where Ryan’s from, Cleveland? We have so little in common but we have deep love for each other and we are pushing that stone together.”
According to the group, the album is “partly inspired by the art of Jim Hodges, and commissioned by the Walker Art Center and The Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra’s Liquid Music series in Minneapolis/Saint Paul.” Liquid Music and the Art Center will host a joint retrospective of Jim Hodges’ work and listening party for Sisyphus’ upcoming album in February of next year.
Fifty advanced-copy vinyl records will be sold at the event, with the album receiving a worldwide release March 18, 2014 via Asthmatic Kitty Records and Joyful Noise Recordings.