Editors’ Notes Leave it to someone as ambitious as Sufjan Stevens—who once pledged to write an album for every U.S. state—to help dream up a song cycle about the cosmos. Starting life as a commissioned work by the composer Nico Muhly, Planetarium pairs Muhly and Stevens with National guitarist Bryce Dessner and percussionist James McAllister for a restless, eclectic set that weaves from Auto-Tuned R&B and trombone chorales (“Mars”) to sparkling washes of ambience (“In the Beginning”) and wide-eyed EDM (“Saturn”). It’s an indie-world take on the wonders of '70s prog.

SONG
Neptune
1
3:04
 
Jupiter
2
7:10
 
Halley's Comet
3
0:30
 
Venus
4
4:42
 
Uranus
5
6:51
 
Mars
6
7:08
 
Black Energy
7
5:25
 
Sun
8
3:59
 
Tides
9
0:58
 
Moon
10
3:42
 
Pluto
11
4:23
 
Kuiper Belt
12
2:04
 
Black Hole
13
0:33
 
Saturn
14
3:51
 
In the Beginning
15
1:17
 
Earth
16
15:10
 
Mercury
17
5:12