Sufjan Stevens and Bryce Dessner

Lately, there’s been a whole lot of crossover between the worlds of indie rock and avant-classical, and three of the parties most responsible are Sufjan Stevens, the wizardly young composer Nico Muhly, and the National’s resident experimentalist Bryce Dessner. MusicNOW, Dessner’s Cincinnati music festival, ended on Friday, and all three teamed up on the final night to debut the new song “Venus.” It’s an expansive thing with a full orchestral backing and a bit of Auto-Tuned crooning from Sufjan, and we’ve got fan-made video of it below.

(via @Brassland)

Apparently, we should’ve all gone to Cincinnati last weekend.

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  1. That’s not all!

    Sufjan, Nico and Bryce actually debuted an entire set of new material for us on Friday: a song cycle they called “The Planetarium”, all loosely inspired by celestial objects. Videos for Saturn, Jupiter and Mercury have all made it to the internet in addition to Venus, and they’re all magnificent (especially Mercury… that one had me in tears:

    They’ll be performing the set for several European cities in the next month or so, but that’s all they said about it. I have no idea if they’re planning to record it or what, but it was some pretty beautiful stuff for sure.

    So yeah. Y’all should’ve come to Cincinnati last weekend. :)

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