https://driftrecords.com/products/sufjan-stevens-bryce-dessner-nico-muhly-james-mcalister-planetarium10153203524Sufjan Stevens, Bryce Dessner, Nico Muhly, James McAlister - Planetarium//cdn.shopify.com/s/files/1/0161/8690/products/4AD0009CD_large.jpg?v=1504829880//cdn.shopify.com/s/files/1/0161/8690/products/4AD0009CD_medium.jpg?v=150482988010.99GBPOutOfStockSufjan Stevens, Bryce Dessner, Nico Muhly, James McAlisterIndie & AlternativeSufjan Stevens, Bryce Dessner, Nico Muhly, James McAlisterPlanetarium is a stunning new collaborative project from Sufjan Stevens, Bryce Dessner (The National), contemporary classical composer Nico Muhly and percussionist and arranger James McAlister.
Flanked by a string quartet and a consort of seven trombones, this unique collaborative ensemble have assembled an expansive song cycle that explores the Sun, the Moon, the planets and other celestial bodies of our solar system (and beyond) through soundscape, song, science and myth.
The subject of the album is not just the wilderness of outer space, but also the interior space of human consciousness and how it engages with divinity, depravity, society and self - what does it mean to be human?
A musical and aesthetic journey as far-reaching as its subject: from lush piano ballads to prog-rock political anthems, curious electronic backbeats to classical cadenzas, which occasionally give way to ambient interludes and majestic brass chorales, buttressed by a percussive drive that keeps the momentum skyward.
In spite of all the experimentation in sound and style, Sufjan’s vocals provide a clear and coherent centre of gravity, and includes some of his most diverse vocal performances to date (from soft hush to guttural scream); whether he’s singing through effects pedals, vocoders, auto-tune or not, his voice delivers an ambitious flight map through the cosmos.
A1. Neptune A2. Jupiter A3. Halley's Comet A4. Venus B1. Uranus B2. Mars B3. Black Energy C1. Sun C2. Tides C3. Moon C4. Pluto C5. Kuiper Belt C6. Black Hole C7. Saturn C8. In The Beginning D1. Earth D2. Mercury4AD2017Indie & Alternative2018-03-21
Sufjan Stevens, Bryce Dessner, Nico Muhly, James McAlister