Stream: The Roots
  • TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 29, 2011

  • Posted by: Ed McGarrigle

The Roots are set to release their first concept album, undun, on 12/6. We've seen a couple of things from it already, but now we get a peak behind the curtain of the illadelph group's inspiration. Turns out it's indie-darling Sufjan Stevens.

In an interview with Spin, drummer ?uestlove said that undun's ill-fated lead character is named after a short instrumental piece off of Sufjan Steven's beloved Michigan called "Redford." So, to close out the album, The Roots enlisted the help of Stevens to re-record his song with the band stretching into a four part movement with the help of a string quartet and avant-garde pianist D.D. Jackson. The first movement features Stevens by himself on the piano, a nearly identical recreation of the original track. The second movement features "a string quartet that we had interpret it," according to ?uestlove. The third movement is where D.D. Jackson takes over and things get chaotic. The song becomes dissonant and weird with Jackson and ?uest battling back and forth. The fourth and final movement will have to remain a mystery until undun's December release date. Hop over here to give the movements a listen.

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