For whatever reason I wasn’t anticipating this collaboration to be something so grand and exciting, but after seeing fan videos and listening to bootleg recordings from the the song cycle, I promptly rethought that misconception.
The trio (backed by drummer James McAlister, the Navarra String Quartet, and the New Trombone Collective which consistes of 7 trombones!) has created this song cycle with a song for each planet. My favorites are Jupiter, Mercury, and Saturn. The songs are sort of similar to that of Sufjan’s last album Age of Adz in theme, but a bit less electronic and more orchestra heavy. Lately Sufjan has been on the biggest autotune/vocoder kick known to indie music, so be prepared for autotune if you listen. Some people seem to have complaints about the use of autotune in these pieces, but really, a song cycle about outer space warrants a bit of autotune in my opinion.
The Fuck Yeah Sufjan Stevens tumblr put up a bootleg of one of the performances of the song cycle last night and I’ve been listening to it all day…the sound quality is actually pretty decent. As of right now there hasn’t been any info about an official recording or release of this collaboration, so for a while these recordings will have to do.
I recently made this little “musician map” as I like to call it. It includes 21 musicians, mostly within the indie music scene (and more specifically, a lot of musicians based out of Brooklyn) who have collaborated, played with, or have some sort of connection with one another. There are SO many other artists that could be included in this, but I chose the ones that have a lot of connections, ones that I like a lot, or people I have seen play live.
I found these connections through wikipedia, interviews, live performances, videos, artist bios, album liner notes, and a few other random places.
The idea for the design/presentation came from my brother’s art piece that can be found here. Check out his other art if you can, his work is technology/social media focused…and pretty cool. And, of course, mine is not as pretty…all hand drawn and crooked. If I ever make another one of these, it will probably be done on the computer.
Honorable mentions/people who almost got included are: Son Lux, Yuuki Matthews, Fleet Foxes band members, Nico Muhly, and a few others.