Planetarium, the highly-ancitipated collaborative album from Sufjan Stevens, Bryce Dessner, Nico Muhly and James McAlister is out this Friday, June 9 on 4AD. Ahead of the release a new song, “Venus,” premieres today alongside a video animated by Stevens—watch/listen here.

To invoke Venus, the goddess of love, sex, beauty and fertility, Stevens animated imagery from pulp covers, pin ups and vintage magazines. The video celebrates the artfulness and beauty of the human form.

Furthermore, the group will play a limited run of very special dates, accompanied onstage by strings and brass, this summer. The shows kick off July 10 at the Philharmonie de Paris with further performances July 18 in New York at Celebrate Brooklyn!, July 20 in Los Angeles at the Hollywood Forever Cemetery and July 21 at the Fox Theater in Oakland, CA.

In addition, 4AD and very special partners will host exclusive listening sessions this week in New York, Los Angeles and Seattle. Visit for  further details. There are still some spots left for the Seattle event on June 7 at the Pacific Science Laser Dome—visit here for entry!

Planetarium, the first collaboration from the four musicians, unites Stevens’ vocals, McAlister’s beats, Dessner’s guitar performance, and Muhly’s instrumental compositions in a far-reaching musical journey: from lush piano ballads to rock anthems, classical cadenzas to electronic beats with Stevens’ distinctive vocals providing a center of gravity. The album revolves around the ideas Stevens’ lyrics explore: mythology, astrology, science, astronomy and the intricacies of human consciousness. Listen to “Saturn” here and “Mercury” here.


July 10

Paris, FR

Philharmonie de Paris

July 18

Brooklyn, NY

Celebrate Brooklyn! – Prospect Park

July 20

Los Angeles, CA

Hollywood Forever Cemetery

July 21

Oakland, CA

Fox Theater


1. Neptune

2. Jupiter

3. Halley’s Comet

4. Venus

5. Uranus

6. Mars

7. Black Energy

8. Sun

9. Tides

10. Moon

11. Pluto

12. Kuiper Belt

13. Black Hole

14. Saturn

15. In the Beginning

16. Earth

17. Mercury

About RJ Frometa

Head Honcho, Editor in Chief and writer here on VENTS. I don't like walking on the beach, but I love playing the guitar and geeking out about music. I am also a movie maniac and 6 hours sleeper.

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