SUFJAN STEVENS, NICO MUHLY,
BRYCE DESSNER and JAMES MCALISTER
‘Neptune’ Video Debuts Today
Perform Tonight on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert
Planetarium Out Now On 4AD
[Photo credits clockwise from top left: Marzuki Stevens, Flavien Prioreau, Robbie Jeffers, Charlotte de Mezamat]
Sufjan Stevens, Bryce Dessner, Nico Muhly and James McAlister have premiered a video for their song ‘Neptune’, taken from their debut album Planetarium. Watch it in full below.
‘Neptune’ (Official Video)
Stephens, Muhly, Dessner and McAlister are in the midst of limited run of special dates, accompanied onstage by strings and brass. Following a show at the Philharmonie de Paris, France, the band will play July 18 in New York at Celebrate Brooklyn!, July 20 in Los Angeles at the Hollywood Forever Cemetary and July 21 at the Fox Theater in Oakland, CA.
Planetarium, the first collaboration from the four musicians, unites Stevens’ vocals, McAlister’s beats, Dessner’s guitar performance, and Muhly’s instrumental compositions in a far-reaching musical journey: from lush piano ballads to rock anthems, classical cadenzas to electronic beats with Stevens’ distinctive vocals providing a center of gravity. The album revolves around the ideas Stevens’ lyrics explore: mythology, astrology, science, astronomy and the intricacies of human consciousness. Listen to other Planetarium tracks ‘Saturn’ here, ‘Mercury’ here and ‘Venus’ here.
“Grandeur meets digital mayhem on this heavenly suite of songs.”
The Observer **** Album of the Week
“Planetarium is a headphone album if ever there was one.” The Times ****
“An ambitious, beautiful body of work.” The Sun ****
“Majestic.” The Guardian ****
“A celestial 75-minute suite.” The Scotsman ****
“An atmospheric fusion of elaboration and simplicity.” FT ****
“It’s bloody massive… thoroughly recommended.” Record Collector ****
“What might have been a one-off footnote in its creators’ careers is often as rich, imaginative and fulfilling as anything in their collective oeuvre.” Uncut (8/10)
The Sunday Times – Album of the Week
July 10 – PARIS, FRANCE – Philharmonie de Paris
July 18 – BROOKLYN, NY – Celebrate Brooklyn! (Prospect Park)
July 20 – LOS ANGELES, CA – Hollywood Forever Cemetary
July 21 – OAKLAND, CA – Fox Theater