On his record, Carrie & Lowell, Sufjan Stevens, responds to the death of his mother in 2012. Stevens never knew his mother, she suffered from depression, schizophrenia and alcoholism, and left when he was a child. Still, he fell apart after her death, and fell into a period of self-destruction and sin. Read his interview about the album, and his Christian faith, in Pitchfork: True Myth. Listen to “No Shade in the Shadow of the Cross” below. People with kids: There is one expletive.