Watch Sufjan Stevens Cover R.E.M.

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Watch Sufjan Stevens Cover R.E.M.

Sufjan Stevens  ditched the neon lights and metallic jumpsuits that canvassed the stage during his most recent tour supporting last year’s The Age of Adz and picked up his guitar recently to serenade attendees of San Miguel’s Primavera Sound Festival with a cover of R.E.M.’s “The One I Love.”

Over the past few years, the Brooklyn songwriter’s works have touched on everything from the death of a young friend in 2005’s celebrated Illinoise to the wonder of the Brooklyn Queens Expressway as captured in 2009’s urban symphony The BQE. But Stevens’ interpretation of the classic 1987 hit shows the singer at ease as he glides through the familiar arrangement. Watch a video of the performance below.