A new instrumental album from Sufjan Stevens
Sufjan Stevens has a new instrumental album releasing soon. Convocations is a massive 2½ hours, broken into 49 tracks spanning 5 distinct "sonic cycles".
Described as a
requiem mass for our present times of difficulty, it rises and falls with vocals, electronic swells, and strings. From what I've heard none of it seems recycled from his other works, but definitely evokes previous albums such as Carrie & Lowell.
You can listen live, on his YouTube channel, to the different cycles on separate days. Each is accompanied by generative visuals. Today is "Meditations" (embedded below).
Like most of his work it has a highly personal reason for existing...
At $30 it's a big purchase, but I did just add it to my wishlist.