Sufjan Stevens Releasing Five-Volume ‘Convocations’ Album 5/6; Stream ‘Meditation V’


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Prolific singer/songwriter  Sufjan Stevens may have just recently released The Ascension, a sprawling, 15-track album, in late September — but he already has another project in the works, and this one’s even bigger.

Announced on Tuesday, the reveal of Convocations came with the premiere of an atmospheric two-minute composition, “Meditation V”:

As with most Sufjan Stevens projects, Convocations looks to be a massive creative statement, and will be a five-volume release spanning two-and-a-half-hours and 49 tracks, working together to create a “reflection on present times,” per a news release.

Per a news release:

Stevens wrote and recorded Convocations in the fall of 2020 in homage to the life of his biological father and in response to his death in September, two days after the release of The Ascension. Each volume replicates and reflects a stage of mourning—five sonic cycles exploring loss, isolation and anxiety.

Musically, the album invokes lessons from pioneers including Morton Subotnick, Maryanne Amacher, Christian Fennesz, Brian Eno and Wolfgang Voigt, and furthers the ideas Stevens has explored throughout his career in works including Enjoy Your Rabbit, The BQE, Planetarium, Aporia and his scores for the choreographer Justin Peck, the New York City Ballet and others.

The album is accompanied by a longform generative video art piece created by Mexican artist Melissa Fuentes. Sections of the larger work will be released alongside each single and volume on YouTube.

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