Back in 2013, Sufjan Stevens teamed up with the National’s Bryce Dessner, composer Nico Muhly, percussionist James McAlister, and a string quartet to perform Planetarium, an original composition featuring a bunch of songs inspired by the solar system, at the Brooklyn Academic Of Music. They finally got around to recording it as an album this year, and we’ve already heard early tracks “Saturn,” “Mercury,” and “Venus,” which have all been lovely. Now the entire LP is available for streaming, so do that below.
And here’s an old lyric sheet for “Venus,” which Sufjan found and posted on his Tumblr today. “Lord have mercy. I found an old lyric sheet for Venus,” he wrote in the post. “Lots of mixed messages here. Vocoder or no vocoder? Play or don’t play? I’m just gonna go ahead and say it: You do you. Respect yourself and others. Be a light in the dark. And stay ahead of the game.”
Planetarium is out now via 4AD.