Planetarium, the highly-anticipated collaborative album from Sufjan Stevens, Bryce Dessner, Nico Muhly and James McAlister is out this Friday, June 9. Ahead of the release a new song, ‘Venus’, premieres today alongside a video animated by Stevens.
To invoke Venus, the goddess of love, sex, beauty and fertility, Stevens animated imagery from pulp covers, pin ups and vintage magazines. The video celebrates the artfulness and beauty of the human form.
Watch the video below:
Furthermore, the group will play a limited run of very special dates, accompanied onstage by strings and brass, this summer. The shows kick off July 10 at the Philharmonie de Paris, France with further performances on 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.
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
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.