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Sufjan Stevens is apparently pulling out all the stops for his upcoming performance at this weekend’s Academy Awards; Variety reports that the gentle alt-rocker, who’s nominated for Best Song for Call Me By Your Name’s “Mystery Of Love,” has recruited a high-profile team of folk, rock, and soul stars to help him perform the song on the Oscars stage.

First up: Annie Clark, who was once a member of Stevens’ touring band for Illinois, back in her old, pre-St. Vincent days. Clark will be joined by Nickel Creek and Punch Brothers’ Chris Thile—“the greatest living mandolin player on the planet,” in Stevens’ words—who appears, uncredited, on the studio version of the song. They’ll be rounded out by an appearance by Moses Sumney, the soul singer-songwriter who’s frequently served as an opener for the Carrie & Lowell singer. All-in-all, it’s a pretty kickass collection of Stevens’ past collaborators (even if it still won’t be good enough to convince the Academy to let him play the whole damn beautiful song for once).


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