Enigmatic indie rock legend Sufjan Stevens returns today with yet another holiday-themed track. At almost 13 minutes, “Christmas Unicorn” takes Stevens on quite a ride. The track starts out pretty minimalistic with Sufjan singing of Christmas’ true history and cultural place, but, by minute nine, it somehow turns into a cover of Joy Division’s “Love Will Tear Us Apart.”
The track is set to appear on volume ten of Sufjan’s ongoing Songs for Christmas EP series. Stevens’ own label, Asthmatic Kitty, will release a massive box set, entitled Silver & Gold, of volumes six through ten next month. Listen to the new track below and pick up the set November 14.