Planetarium, an album featuring Bryce Dessner, James McAlister, Nico Muhly and Sufjan Stevens is now up for pre-order at 4AD Records. It’s a double LP set, with no other pressing info listed.
Planetarium is a concept album that occasionally gives 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 center of gravity. The album includes some of his most diverse vocal performances to date (from soft hush to guttural scream), and whether he’s singing through effects pedals, vocoders, auto-tune or not, his voice delivers an ambitious flight map through the cosmos.
The album will be released on June 9.