The always-festive Sufjan Stevens has announced the new Christmas release he’s been teasing in recent weeks. A five-EP box set called Silver & Gold: Songs for Christmas, Volumes 6-10 will be out physically and digitally on November 13 through Asthmatic Kitty.
These five EPs mark volumes 6-10 of the Songs for Christmas series. It’s the follow-up to the first five volumes, which were collected in a box set back in 2006, and contains music recorded between 2006 and 2010. It features guest appearances from the National’s Aaron and Bryce Dessner, Arcade Fire’s Richard Reed Parry, Age of Adz collaborator Cat Martino, Inlets’ Sebastian Krueger, Gabriel Kahane, Vesper Stamper, Raymond Raposa of Castinets, and members of Danielson, among others.
The full tracklist, which does not detail which collaborator worked on which song, is here. Kitty Pryde is not mentioned anywhere yet, but there’s still hope she’ll pop up somewhere. It features 18 original tracks, as well as many covers.
No Christmas box set is complete without intense bells and whistles, and Sufjan does not disappoint. Both the CD and the vinyl version (which will be available at a date TBA) of the box set include stickers, temporary tattoos, a holiday ornament, an “apocalyptic” poster, lyric sheets and chord charts, and music for playing along, “hallucinogenic photographs and psychedelic graphic design” by Sufjan himself, and liner notes.