March 23, 2023

New Album From Sufjan Stevens - Convocations - 49 Tracks, 2+ Hours

sufjan stevens meditation

New York artist and songwriter Sufjan Stevens is known for his expansive songwriting. He has released eight studio albums to date and collaborated with musicians, choreographers and visual artists. His most recent work, 2020's The Ascension, received a lot of acclaim from critics and was named #1 album by the New York Times.

Convocations : 49 Tracks, 2+ Hours

After a five-year break from solo albums, Sufjan Stevens is back with a massive project. It's a five-volume series titled Convocations and it will be released in segments weekly starting May 6 via Asthmatic Kitty.

The first volume, Meditations, is a neo-classical and ambient collection whose songs reflect a range of different stages of mourning. It will be followed by Lamentations, Revelations, Celebrations and Incantations, all of which will be shared weekly.

"Meditations" reflects early feelings of confusion and knotty grief, with cinematic strings layered over subtly pulsating synth bubbles. As the track reaches its crescendo, it is filled with jarring, distorted sounds.

This soundscape is a remarkably powerful and technical piece of music, but for listeners it can be quite challenging. It can be easy to get bogged down in the repetitive patterns, but at the same time it's also very interesting and compelling.

In addition to this album, Stevens will also be releasing a longform artistic video created by Mexican artist Melissa Fuentes. The work will be available to watch online, and sections of the larger piece will be paired with each single and volume as well.


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