Sufjan Stevens suffered 'breakdown' while watching 'Fantastic Mr Fox'

Singer-songwriter speaks about 'supernatural' sensory illness

Sufjan Stevens suffered 'breakdown' while watching 'Fantastic Mr Fox'

Photo: Press

Sufjan Stevens has revealed he suffered a breakdown while watching Wes Anderson's 2009 film Fantastic Mr Fox.

The singer-songwriter opened up about the "mysterious and debilitating" illness which delayed work on his last album, 2010's 'The Age Of Adz'. He said the ailment left him feeling "like I was possessed".

Speaking to The Observer, Stevens recalled watching the animated Roald Dahl adaptation and experiencing a sensory overload.



He claimed he was forced to take a Xanax tablet to help him calm down during the incident. He has since watched the "beautiful" film again and reported "no negative response".

Talking about the first time he experienced the illness a few years ago, Stevens said: "This was really supernatural. It was like I was possessed."

He added that he felt extreme adrenaline surges in his chest, intense lethargy and pins and needles in his mouth, hands and feet.

Now claiming to be on the mend, Stevens is due to play a UK and Ireland tour this month, including two gigs at London's Royal Festival Hall (May 12 and 13) and a slot a Brighton's Great Escape festival (14).

The jaunt is scheduled to move on to Gateshead (16), Dublin (17 and 18) and Manchester (19).

Read More On This Artist

More News
The Script score third Official Albums Chart Number 1 with 'No Sound Without Silence'
Jake Bugg: 'Manufactured pop bands don't have any soul'
Lauryn Hill's London comeback show subject to harsh Twitter criticism
Tatu's Lena Katina responds to bandmate's homophobia: 'People should be free to...
Producer Tony Visconti says he was misquoted over 'new David Bowie album' comment
La Roux: 'I've never made any money from record sales'
Kendrick Lamar downplays guest appearances on new album
Jamie T: 'Damon Albarn told me to write from the heart'
Stevie Nicks unveils title track from '24 Karat Gold: Songs From The Vault' - listen
Kanye West shares photos from his community service fashion class
Will Ferrell and Red Hot Chili Peppers' Chad Smith cover The Rolling Stones - watch
Foo Fighters announce January 2015 live dates
Johnny Flynn stars in new trailer for Channel 4 sitcom 'Scrotal Recall' - watch
Bishop Nehru and Doom preview NehruvianDOOM album with new track 'Caskets' – listen
Matt Bellamy hints at World War 3 theme and guitar solos for new Muse album
SBTRKT previews new album 'Wonder Where We Land' at iTunes Festival in London
Iceage reveal new song 'How Many' - listen
Trent Reznor previews 'Gone Girl' soundtrack ahead of cinema release
Members of Arcade Fire, The Strokes and Bon Iver form Pop All Star Band supergroup
Lil Wayne and Drake hit the road in 'Grindin' video - watch
SBTRKT streams new song 'The Light' featuring Denai Moore - listen
George Ezra covers Cyndi Lauper's 'Girls Just Wanna Have Fun' - watch

More News

Comments

Please login to add your comment.

Featured Videos
Latest Tickets - Booking Now
 
Know Your NME
 

 
NME Store & Framed Prints
Most Read News
Popular This Week
Inside NME.COM
On NME.COM Today