|Release Info:||Released June 9th 2017|
|Product Info:||Double Heavyweight 12" LP w/ Six 12" Art Inserts Incl. Download Code|
An album co-composed by four musicians: Sufjan Stevens, Bryce Dessner of The National, contemporary classical music composer / arranger Nico Muhly and drummer 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.
3. Halley’s Comet
7. Black Energy
12. Kuiper Belt
13. Black Hole
15. In The Beginning