Sufjan Stevens – Convocations

Release Date: May 6, 2021

Label: Asthmatic Kitty Records

For all of the hits, Sufjan Stevens‘ back catalogue is full of experimental and conceptual tracks. Convocations may be his most experimental work to date. A record that hangs on the fringes. Full of grief following the death of his father, this is two hours, 49 tracks, and five “sonic cycles” that replicate the “stages of grief”. Convocations is full of ambience reminiscent of Brian Eno. Meditations V begins with bold synth notes that grows into jarring and distorted sounds, resulting in a cacophony which slowly fades away, conveying the early confusion and knotty feelings of immediate grief. While deeply personal and full of depth. These tracks don’t always hit the mark for the casual listener. Take Lamentations IV. It could be the soundtrack for an underwater nightmare. Revelations II stands out that feels deeply dystopian. Celebration VIII has a bit more continuity and envelops you despite the dissonance. Incantation VIII brings things to a remarkably beautiful end. This record will not be digested in one sitting.

Listen to: 5, 14, 22, 38, 48

FCC: Clean

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