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Sufjan Stevens: Convocations

Artist: Sufjan Stevens
Title: Convocations
Product Type: VINYL LP

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Sufjan Stevens: Convocations
Artist: Sufjan Stevens
Title: Convocations
Product Type: VINYL LP

1. Product Details

It may be tempting to reduce Convocations into a longform ambient anomaly within Sufjan Stevens vast catalogue. It is however neither an anomaly nor entirely ambient. This is not a side project. From his numerous dance scores for New York City Ballet to instrumental albums such as Enjoy Your Rabbit Aporia and The BQE Stevens spends at least half his working life making largely instrumental music as he has for decades. And though the first ten pieces dubbed Meditations unfurl as gorgeous states of reflective new-age grace this is by no means an ambient enterprise. Stevens invokes the lessons of Morton Subotnick Maryanne Amacher Christian Fennesz Brian Eno and Wolfgang Voigt here. As musically erudite as it is emotionally experienced Convocations can be dissonant vertiginous rhythmic repetitive urgent or calm-that is all the things we undergo when we inevitably live through loss isolation and anxiety. Indeed Convocations moves like a two-and-a-half-hour requiem mass for our present times of difficulty its 49 tracks allowing for all these feelings to be felt. The album is divided into five sonic cycles each replicating a different stage of mourning. Meditations work toward acceptance and resolution of coming to terms with the days news even if it stings. The subsequent Lamentations slink sputter and sometimes grind as sadness transmutes to anger and back again. The rhythmic drift and glitchy strata of Revelations allow for confusion and catharsis of asking just why the world or the heavens have wronged us. With its bright tones occasional sweeps of strings and scrambled voices Celebrations offers furtive bits of fondness though the nostalgia is never far removed from the news that prompted it. The final nine Incantations are lessons for those of us who remain gorgeous and galvanizing reminders that our time here is as limited as the possibilities for how we spend it are infinite. Convocations occasionally soothes and sometimes hurts when its done youre left with a renewed sense of wonder for being here at all.In fact Stevens made Convocations in response to and as an homage to the life and death of his father who died in September last year two days following the release of The Ascension. It is then ultimately an album about loss and an album that reflects a year in which we have all lost so much. One could easily compare this project to Stevens album Carrie & Lowell which he wrote following his mothers death. But this is something entirely different. A new time a new season a new life lost a new reckoning a new kind of isolation grief despair frustration confusion and the search for happiness and hope for the future. This is not a personal record but a universal one. Convocations is built on a shared experience that seeks to be honest about how complicated grief can be in these difficult times-the pain the anxiety the unknown the absolute joy of memory. This is also an album made in lockdown when we were all cloistered in whatever space we had. So long as the science and statistics hold Convocations arrives just as we begin to emerge from a year whose losses we will calculate for a lifetime. It is then right on time as we begin to process our grief and try to carry on with it. -Grayson Haver Currin

1.1 Meditation I
1.2 Mediation II
1.3 Meditation III
1.4 Mediation IV
1.5 Meditation V
1.6 Meditation VI
1.7 Meditation VII
1.8 Meditation VIII
1.9 Meditation IX
1.10 Meditation X
1.11 Lamentation I
1.12 Lamentation II
1.13 Lamentation III
1.14 Lamentation IV
1.15 Lamentation V
1.16 Lamentation VI
1.17 Lamentation VII
1.18 Lamentation VIII
1.19 Lamentation IX
1.20 Lamentation X
1.21 Revelation I
1.22 Revelation II
1.23 Revelation III
1.24 Revelation IV
1.25 Revelation V
1.26 Revelation VI
1.27 Revelation VII
1.28 Revelation VIII
1.29 Revelation IX
1.30 Revelation X
1.31 Celebration I
1.32 Celebration II
1.33 Celebration III
1.34 Celebration IV
1.35 Celebration V
1.36 Celebration VI
1.37 Celebration VII
1.38 Celebration VIII
1.39 Celebration IX
1.40 Celebration X
1.41 Incantation I
1.42 Incantion II
1.43 Incantation III
1.44 Incantation IV
1.45 Incantation V
1.46 Incantation VI
1.47 Incantation VII
1.48 Incantation VIII
1.49 Incantation IX

H 0.57
W 12.27
L 12.35

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