Sisyphus (hip hop group)

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Also known as S / S / S
Genres Alternative hip hop, Trip-Hop, Indie pop, Electronic
Years active 2012–present
Labels Anticon, Asthmatic Kitty, Joyful Noise
Associated acts Doseone, Shara Worden
Members Serengeti
Son Lux
Sufjan Stevens

Sisyphus (formerly S / S / S) is a collaborative project between Serengeti, Son Lux and Sufjan Stevens.[1]


The trio released their debut EP, Beak & Claw, on Anticon in 2012.[2] It features vocal contributions from Shara Worden and Doseone.[3] In 2013 the trio changed their name to Sisyphus.[4] In an interview, Stevens said, "S/S/S started to sound like the Nazi Schutzstaffel with a lisp, so we had to change it."[5] The name is inspired in part by the art of Jim Hodges, whose work is featured on the cover of their self-titled debut full-length album, which was released on March 18, 2014.[4] Stevens says the "gold and metallic boulders Jim made were an obvious influence on our name change"--a reference to four steel-clad boulders installed at the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis.[6] Sisyphus performed at opening of Hodges' retrospective at the Walker on February 14, 2014.[7]



  1. ^ Phillimore, Alex (March 9, 2012). "s / s / s - "Museum Day"". Beats Per Minute. 
  2. ^ Hilton, Robin (March 6, 2012). "Sufjan Stevens, Son Lux And Serengeti Release First Song From Upcoming EP". NPR. 
  3. ^ Pellyon, Jenn (February 27, 2012). "Sufjan Stevens Teams With Son Lux and Rapper Serengeti as s / s / s, EP Due on Anticon". Pitchfork Media. 
  4. ^ a b c Minsker, Evan (2013-12-19). "Listen: Sufjan Stevens, Son Lux, and Serengeti Announce LP as Sisyphus, Share "Calm It Down"". Pitchfork Media. Retrieved 2013-12-19. 
  5. ^ Schmelzer, Paul (December 19, 2013). "On Sisyphus: Sufjan Stevens discusses Jim Hodges’ art and the new name for his S/S/S trio". Walker Art Center. 
  6. ^ Schmelzer, Paul (May 26, 2012). "Skin and Stone: A Deeper Look at Jim Hodges’ Shining Boulders". Walker Art Center. 
  7. ^ Lauer, Alex (February 19, 2014). "Valentine’s Day with Jim Hodges and Sisyphus". Walker Seen. 

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