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Encore Records Ltd

Sufjan Stevens - Convocations - 5CD

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5 CD Box

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.

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.