Sisyphus (hip hop group)

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Also known asS / S / S
GenresAlternative hip hop, trip hop, indie pop, electronic
Years active2012–present
LabelsAnticon, Asthmatic Kitty, Joyful Noise
Son Lux
Sufjan Stevens

Sisyphus (formerly S / S / S) is a collaborative project between Serengeti, Ryan Lott (under the moniker 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][6] 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.[7] Sisyphus performed at opening of Hodges' retrospective at the Walker on February 14, 2014.[8]



  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. ^ "Sisyphus: A new album from Serengeti, Son Lux, and Sufjan Stevens | Asthmatic Kitty Records". 2013-12-22. Archived from the original on 2013-12-22. Retrieved 2017-04-15.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: bot: original URL status unknown (link)
  7. ^ Schmelzer, Paul (May 26, 2012). "Skin and Stone: A Deeper Look at Jim Hodges' Shining Boulders". Walker Art Center.
  8. ^ Lauer, Alex (February 19, 2014). "Valentine's Day with Jim Hodges and Sisyphus". Walker Seen.

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