Listen to Sufjan Stevens, Bryce Dessner of The National, Others Channel the Planet Mercury in New Planetarium TrackPhotos by Nicholas Hunt/Getty, Marzuki Stevens, Flavien Prioreau, Charlotte de Mezamat, Robbie Jeffers Music Video Sufjan Stevens
A Sufjan Stevens album with Bryce Dessner of The National about outer space sounds almost to good to be true—but it’s very real and true! The forthcoming album, to be released June 9 via 4AD and titled Planetarium, is a recording of Stevens, Dessner, composer Nico Muhly and drummer James McAlister’s 2013 composition of the same title. Today, the four revealed a second song from the album: “Mercury.”
Listen for a mood-cleanser: Stevens’ weightless vocals blend perfectly with Dessner’s soaring guitar riffs. The lyric video, directed by Deborah Johnson, boasts a killer font and some slick planetary visuals, as well. Watch above, find the album artwork below and the tracklist beneath that, listen to lead single “Saturn” even further down and find a teaser for the album at the bottom.
03. Halley’s Comet
07. Black Energy
12. Kuiper Belt
13. Black Hole
15. In the Beginning