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Convocations

Sufjan Stevens

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Convocations is a rare, original musical adventure. It brings together five movements or chapters, each an instrumental album with its own title: MeditationsLamentationsRevelationsCelebrations and Incantations. In all, this work of exploration lasts around two and a half hours. Sufjan Stevens describes it as "a two-and-a-half-hour electronic/ambient mass for our present age of anxiety and dread." These 49 pieces communicate many different feelings, emotions and sensations. They draw inspiration from a range of different worlds, and take us from dream to dissonance, from repetition to long calm stretches, from sounds of innocence to sounds of perversion: Stevens is leading us on a true interior voyage. These five states reflect the moods that we can go through in our lives. They cycle through the successive thoughts and moods that fluctuate within our hearts, sometimes subconsciously. This is what makes Stevens' project fascinating and of relevance for the present day: but there is no hiding the historical influences which are at work here, in particular figures from the 1970s such as Brian Eno, Klaus Schulze, Morton Subotnick, or Philip Glass and Steve Reich. The structure of sounds and emotions undergirding this work resembles a cathedral. Indeed, the primary inspiration for this vast project was the death of the musician's father in September 2020, two days after the release of his album The Ascension. Convocations and its many offshoots are a response to events and an homage to a departed father. But above all, beyond even Stevens's own tragedy, they represent an attempt to create a work of art which is in dialogue with the idea of death (and this is not a first attempt: the artist recorded an album, Carrie & Lowell following the death of his mother in 2015). This way of approaching death as an absolute allows this project to go beyond Sufjan Stevens's personal drama and acquire a universal character. That universality comes across when we listen to this album: it touches the audience deep inside. This music can even enter our souls, if we want to let it, and if we give it our full attention (and yes, that can be hard given the ubiquity of the mobile phone and its enthralling black mirror). We can also experience this work visually, on Sufjan Stevens's YouTube channel: he has uploaded all of Convocations and juxtaposed it with abstract moving paintings by Melissa Fuentes, animated by Otto Sánchez. Today, in spite of the increasing dematerialisation of music and the new possibilities that this offers, the format of the single still imposes a certain degree of conformity on how music is presented and sold. But with Convocations, Sufjan Stevens has been able to reconnect with the utopias of the 1970s: with a vision of free music that exists first and foremost as a sensory and mental experience. © Yan Céh/Qobuz

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Meditation I
00:03:40

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Meditation II
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Meditation III
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Meditation IV
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Meditation V
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Meditation VI
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Meditation VII
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Meditation VIII
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Meditation IX
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Meditation X
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DISC 2

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Lamentation I
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Lamentation II
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Lamentation III
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Lamentation IV
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Lamentation V
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Lamentation VI
00:04:43

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Lamentation VII
00:01:51

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Lamentation VIII
00:03:35

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Lamentation IX
00:03:29

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Lamentation X
00:01:57

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DISC 3

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Revelation I
00:03:21

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Revelation II
00:02:53

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Revelation III
00:02:01

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Revelation IV
00:04:09

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Revelation V
00:02:51

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Revelation VI
00:03:34

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Revelation VII
00:04:03

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Revelation VIII
00:02:51

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Revelation IX
00:04:38

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Revelation X
00:04:18

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DISC 4

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Celebration I
00:02:19

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Celebration II
00:05:55

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Celebration III
00:03:09

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Celebration IV
00:03:22

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Celebration V
00:02:59

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Celebration VI
00:04:01

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Celebration VII
00:03:41

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Celebration VIII
00:03:25

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Celebration IX
00:01:35

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10
Celebration X
00:04:10

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DISC 5

1
Incantation I
00:02:17

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2
Incantation II
00:01:58

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3
Incantation III
00:01:36

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4
Incantation IV
00:02:00

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5
Incantation V
00:03:15

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6
Incantation VI
00:01:49

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7
Incantation VII
00:01:53

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8
Incantation VIII
00:02:55

Sufjan Stevens, Mixer, MainArtist

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Incantation IX
00:04:28

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Album Description

Convocations is a rare, original musical adventure. It brings together five movements or chapters, each an instrumental album with its own title: MeditationsLamentationsRevelationsCelebrations and Incantations. In all, this work of exploration lasts around two and a half hours. Sufjan Stevens describes it as "a two-and-a-half-hour electronic/ambient mass for our present age of anxiety and dread." These 49 pieces communicate many different feelings, emotions and sensations. They draw inspiration from a range of different worlds, and take us from dream to dissonance, from repetition to long calm stretches, from sounds of innocence to sounds of perversion: Stevens is leading us on a true interior voyage. These five states reflect the moods that we can go through in our lives. They cycle through the successive thoughts and moods that fluctuate within our hearts, sometimes subconsciously. This is what makes Stevens' project fascinating and of relevance for the present day: but there is no hiding the historical influences which are at work here, in particular figures from the 1970s such as Brian Eno, Klaus Schulze, Morton Subotnick, or Philip Glass and Steve Reich. The structure of sounds and emotions undergirding this work resembles a cathedral. Indeed, the primary inspiration for this vast project was the death of the musician's father in September 2020, two days after the release of his album The Ascension. Convocations and its many offshoots are a response to events and an homage to a departed father. But above all, beyond even Stevens's own tragedy, they represent an attempt to create a work of art which is in dialogue with the idea of death (and this is not a first attempt: the artist recorded an album, Carrie & Lowell following the death of his mother in 2015). This way of approaching death as an absolute allows this project to go beyond Sufjan Stevens's personal drama and acquire a universal character. That universality comes across when we listen to this album: it touches the audience deep inside. This music can even enter our souls, if we want to let it, and if we give it our full attention (and yes, that can be hard given the ubiquity of the mobile phone and its enthralling black mirror). We can also experience this work visually, on Sufjan Stevens's YouTube channel: he has uploaded all of Convocations and juxtaposed it with abstract moving paintings by Melissa Fuentes, animated by Otto Sánchez. Today, in spite of the increasing dematerialisation of music and the new possibilities that this offers, the format of the single still imposes a certain degree of conformity on how music is presented and sold. But with Convocations, Sufjan Stevens has been able to reconnect with the utopias of the 1970s: with a vision of free music that exists first and foremost as a sensory and mental experience. © Yan Céh/Qobuz

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