Planetarium is a concept album that occasionally gives way to ambient interludes and majestic brass chorales, buttressed by a percussive drive that keeps the momentum skyward. In spite of all the experimentation in sound and style, Sufjan’s vocals provide a clear and coherent center of gravity. The album includes some of his most diverse vocal performances to date (from soft hush to guttural scream), and whether he’s singing through effects pedals, vocoders, auto-tune or not, his voice delivers an ambitious flight map through the cosmos.
n the birthday of Lowell, the co-founder of asthmatic kitty records, Sufjan announced that Carrie and Lowell would have a live version. It will be released in video format as well as an audio format. There is yet to be a preorder but we did get a snippet of the video that was released previously. The album is about Carrie and Lowell and Sufjan upbringing. Lowell is Sufjan's step father and Carrie is his mother. Carrie has a lot of issues with schizophrenia diagnosis and drug addiction.
Sufjan Stevens is the only artist known to man who has embarked on a project this expansive. this is his second album in a series of recordings based on each of the fifty states. the different melodic techniques he uses are accessible to nearly anyone who takes the time to listen. his songs go from driving, pulsing beats such as the track "they are zombies" to the beautifully poetic "predatory wasps of the palisades." this album is a change from his previous album on the state of michigan which was mostly carried by a folk influence. if you have not yet heard of sufjan stevens, it will not belong until you become one of the elite cadre sharing the revelation that you've become a party to.