By Ariana Bacle
Updated February 16, 2015 at 04:55 PM EST
Denny Renshaw

Much like the more emotion-driven tracks on 2010’s The Age of Adz, Sufjan Stevens’ just-released “No Shade in the Shadow of the Cross” is mostly free of his signature historical referencesbut with its gentle instrumentation and Stevens’ voice at its softest, the music itself sounds straight from Stevens’ earlier folk albums. Give it a listen below.

“No Shade in the Shadow of the Cross” is the first single off Stevens’ upcoming Carrie & Lowell, out March 31.

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