The debut album, Planetarium, out now on 4AD, by Sufjan Stevens, Nico Muhly, Bryce Dessner and James McAlister is being hailed, praised and revered. The Observer calls it “grandeur meets digital mayhem” and “[a] heavenly suite of songs” and the Guardian is cogent but correct when they call it “majestic.”
One song from the album, Neptune – named, as all the songs on the album, after a planet counterpart or earthly elemental ‘force of nature’- has a video out today. It’s a lyric video, and while listening to it, you feel not unlike being in a dark, star-littered planetarium – unironically. You feel like you’re in space, weightless, gravitating through the vast unknown – as unknown as the song’s meaning. It gets under cheap viagra canada online your skin, inside your head, until you’re out-of-your-head, reflective; a ratiocinator.
The lyrics have a poetic delivery. They string together, meander and moon like the deliverer, the envoy, can’t seem to finish their thought. They have a lot to say, but being pulled in different directions, they segue. It all slants and shifts, a psychedelic mishmash, but effected with ethereal piano – otherworldly. Space, the Final Frontier. The song is very grand, but largely personal; reminiscent of something – but of what is for the listener to decide.
You can see the band tomorrow, July 18th in Brooklyn at Celebrate Brooklyn!, July 20th at Hollywood Forever Cemetery in LA, and will end on July 21st at the Fox Theater in Oakland, CA.