Sufjan Stevens, Bryce Dessner, Nico Muhly, James McAlister - Planetarium

£10.99
  • Sufjan Stevens, Bryce Dessner, Nico Muhly, James McAlister - Planetarium

Sufjan Stevens, Bryce Dessner, Nico Muhly, James McAlister - Planetarium

£10.99

InfoCD & 2LP9th June 2017

Planetarium 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. Mercury

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