Sufjan Stevens - Nico Muhly - Bryce Dessner - James McAlister ‎– Planetarium - 2017 180 Grm 2LP

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Sufjan Stevens • Nico Muhly • Bryce Dessner • James McAlister ‎–Planetarium

4AD ‎– 4AD0009LP
2 × Vinyl, LP, Album
USA, Canada & Europe
09 Jun 2017
Alternative Rock, Indie Rock


A1 Neptune
A2 Jupiter
A3 Halley's Comet
A4 Venus


B1 Uranus
B2 Mars
B3 Black Energy


C1 Sun
C2 Tides
C3 Moon
C4 Pluto
C5 Kuiper Belt
C6 Black Hole
C7 Saturn
C8 In The Beginning


D1 Earth
D2 Mercury
Companies, etc.

Phonographic Copyright (p) – Sufjan Stevens
Phonographic Copyright (p) – Bryce Dessner
Phonographic Copyright (p) – Nico Muhly
Phonographic Copyright (p) – James McAlister
Copyright (c) – Sufjan Stevens
Copyright (c) – Bryce Dessner
Copyright (c) – Nico Muhly
Copyright (c) – James McAlister
Licensed To – 4AD
Published By – BMG Rights Management (US) LLC
Published By – Chester Music Ltd.
Published By – Cortelyou Publishing
Published By – St. Rose Music Publishing
Published By – Sufjan Stevens Music
Published By – Tulsaphone Music
Pressed By – MPO
Manufactured By – Optimal Media GmbH – BH78473

Artwork [Back Image By] – Nathlie Provosty
Artwork [Earth By] – Cecily Brown
Artwork [Inner Gatefold Image By] – Jim Hodges (2)
Artwork [Jupiter By] – Nathlie Provosty
Artwork [Mars By] – Stephen Halker
Artwork [Mercury By] – Mehreen Murtaza
Artwork [Moon By] – Marcel Dzama
Artwork [Neptune By] – Jim Hodges (2)
Artwork [Pluto By] – Ragnar Kjartannsson
Artwork [Saturn By] – Matthew Ritchie (2)
Artwork [Sun By] – Karl Jensen (2)
Artwork [Uranus By] – David Huffman (2)
Artwork [Venus By] – Saya Woolfalk
Cello – Claire Bryant
Composed By – Bryce Dessner, James McAlister, Nico Muhly, Sufjan Stevens
Cover [Cover Image By] – Jessica Dessner
Design [Production And Projection Design - Live Production Credits] – Deborah Johnson (5)
Directed By [Technical Director - Live Production Credits] – Josh Higgason
Drums, Percussion, Programmed By, Synthesizer [Moog], Synthesizer [Juno 60], Synthesizer [Jupiter 6], Organ [Acetone Organ] – James Mcalister
Engineer [Sound Engineer - Live Production Credits] – Brandon Reid
Guitar – Bryce Dessner
Lacquer Cut By – LvC* (tracks: Sides A; C; D)
Lighting [Lasers - Live Production Credits] – Eliav Kadosh
Lighting [Lighting Designer - Live Production Credits] – Ben Stanton (2)
Piano, Celesta, Bass [Sub Bass], Organ [Twitchy Organ] – Nico Muhly
Piano, Mellotron – Thomas Bartlett
Trombone – Ben Lanz, George Flynn (2), Ryan Keberle, Tim Albright, William Lang (3)
Trombone, Bass Trombone – Dan Levine, Joe Barati
Viola – Nadia Sirota
Violin – Ben Russell (4), Rob Moose
Vocals, Synthesizer [Prophet 6], Synthesizer [Prophet 08], Synthesizer [Juno 60], Keyboards [Nord Electro], Drum Machine [Tempest], Piano, Mellotron, Recorder, Voice [Practice Chanter], Programmed By – Sufjan Stevens

Gatefold sleeve.
Includes a download code.
Each LP comes in a printed inner sleeve.
Comes with 6 double-sided artwork inserts.

This work was originally commissioned by Muziekgebouw Eindhoven, Brooklyn Academy of Music, The Barbican and the Vivid Live Festival at Sydney Opera House. Additional performances were held at Disney Concert Hall and La Salle Pleyel.

Bryce Dessner - Cortelyou Publishing (ASCAP). All Rights Administered By BMG Rights Management (US) LLC
Sufjan Stevens: Sufjan Stevens Music (ASCAP) All Rights Administered By BMG Rights Management (US) LLC
Nico Muhly: St. Rose Music Publishing / Chester Music Ltd / (ASCAP/PRS)
James McAlister: Tulsaphone Music / (BMI)

Made in EU ℗ & © 2017 Sufjan Stevens, Bryce Dessner, Nico Muhly, James McAlister under exclusive license to 4AD
4AD 17-19 Alma Road London SW18 1AA 134 Grand Street New York NY 10013
Barcode and Other Identifiers

Barcode (Scan [figures not printed]): 191400000919
Matrix / Runout (A side runout, etched): 4AD 0009 A -LvC- BH78473-01 A₁ MPO
Matrix / Runout (B side runout, etched): 4AD 0009 B2 BH78473-01 B₁ MPO
Matrix / Runout (C side runout, etched): 4AD 0009 C -LvC- BH78473-02 C₁ v= MPO
Matrix / Runout (D side runout, etched): 4AD 0009 D +^ BH78473-02 D₁ -LvC- MPO
Rights Society: ASCAP
Rights Society: ASCAP/PRS
Rights Society: BMI


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Let’s be honest: At 75 minutes and with 17 tracks, Planetarium is a bit of a long haul. The musicians themselves even joked to Salon that it’s a good drug album, with Stevens playfully urging listeners to “at least get stoned.” Sometimes, that means it’s wildly unsubtle. “Jupiter”, for example, goes enormously broad and spacey in its rumination on the solar system’s biggest gas giant, recalling the artificial grandness of ’80s prog reflections on the cosmos.

But from “Jupiter”, the record transitions to the lovely “Venus”. The song’s subject is one you might suspect to be the perfect palette for Stevens, and you’d be right. “Venus” is an ode to sweet lust and youthful sexual discovery, displaying a sonic tenderness that allows innocence and eroticism to be compatible terms, not at odds. Stevens notably invokes Venus “Pandemos,” the usage more common for representing fleshly, sensual pleasure.

Other highlights include “Pluto”, which might bring to mind Andrew Lloyd Webber’s work on Phantom of the Opera, perhaps appropriate given Pluto’s story as the ruler of the Underworld, who abducts his beautiful, headstrong bride, Persephone. The strings are soaring and romantic, but melancholy horns bust in to put a damper on the party, followed by Stevens’ lamenting voice.

Dessner is a guitar virtuoso, and Muhly is an astounding, complex composer."

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Condition New
Format 2LP, 180 Gram
Label 4AD
Color Black