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Friday, October 20, 2006


Marzuki, oh Marzuki. The birth place of one of our fore-fathers of modern music today. That's right Sufjan Stevens. Marzuki was a college band from Michigan in the mid to late 1990's and was named after Sufjan's brother Marzuki Stevens ( a professional marathon and long distance runner). Members included Shannon Stephens on vocals and guitar, Jamie Kempers on cello, Matthew Haseltine on guitar and bass, and none other than Sufjan Stevens on guitar, percussion, and some of the more exotic instruments. Alot of their lyrics explored spiritual and romantic themes, not to uncommon from Mr. Stevens' current musings.

Well, after searching much of the internet for more info, pretty much everyone has the same three or four sentences about the band. I wasn't there and I'm not going to pretend like I know a great deal here, so instead just take a listen. I will say though, that these tracks harness breathtaking vocals and beautiful instrumentations, and are must listens, but please judge them on their own. Shannon Stephens is the real focus here. Just remember that.

Below are mp3 versions of Marzuki's first release, Marzuki, circa 1996 on MS Records.
  1. Mouse
  2. Panic
  3. Kissing The Ceiling
  4. Phillip and the Ethiopian
  5. Really Tough Break
  6. Julianna
  7. The Rashaneid
  8. Stone
  9. 10,000 Roses (For Me)

Click HERE for a nice interview Sufjan Stevens did with his ex-Marzuki bandmate, Shannon Stephens for Bandoppler Magazine about her 2000 S/T release.

posted by Matt Hayhurst @ 10:44 AM


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