Sufjan Stevens and friends share new track 'Mercury'
An alternative supergroup consisting of Sufjan Stevens, The National’s Bryce Dessner, Nico Muhly, and James McAlister have released the second track, Mercury from their upcoming collaborative album, Planetarium.
The project sees the group unite Stevens’ vocal talents, Muhly’s instrumental compositions, Dessner’s guitar abilities, and McAlister’s rhythms to create a unique musical journey inspired by our solar system. Grown from a previous musical commission received by Muhly, the four friends saw an opportunity for collaboration. After fleshing out their ideas in a live setting, the project was put aside as the quartet worked on other endeavours. Revisiting the original live material at the end of last year allowed for Planetarium to blossom into its final form.
Planetarium features similar lyrical themes to those expressed in Stevens’ critically acclaimed solo work. The album showcases a wide variety of genres, from modern rock and electronic sounds to classical pieces and piano-driven ballads. The first single from the album, Saturn, was released in March.
The quartet will play the new album in full, accompanied by strings and brass, at the Philharmonie de Paris on 10th July.
Planetarium is released 9th June via 4AD.