Sufjan Stevens “The BQE” Album
Sufjan Stevens is one of those artists that I believe is completely underappreciated but, then again, because of the type of music he makes, he will never break into the mainstream scene.
He released an album called Illinois in 2005 and, while his song “Chicago” gained recognition (and helped propel the album to the #1 spot on Billboard’s Top Heatseekers list) I really loved the track “Come On Feel the Illinoise.” Either way, I think he’s brilliant and if you haven’t heard any of his music, I strongly encourage you to give him a listen.
Earlier this week, his cinematic suite, The BQE, was released. The work was inspired by the Brooklyn-Queens Expressway and the Hula-Hoop which consisted of an original film by Stevens and a live performance with him being backed by an orchestra (to serve as the soundtrack) comprised of 36 performers including a small band, a wind and brass ensemble, string players, horn players, and hula hoopers. The music contained no lyrics.
The set consists of a CD of the show’s soundtrack, a DVD of Brooklyn-Queen Expressway footage that accompanied the original performance (not a film of the performance itself), a 40-page booklet with liner notes and photos, and a stereoscopic 3D View-Master reel.
Here is the track listing:
- Prelude on the Esplanade
- Introductory Fanfare for the Hooper Heroes
- Movement I In the Countenance of Kings
- Movement II Sleeping Invader
- Interlude I Dream Sequence in Subi Circumnavigation
- Movement III Linear Tableau with Intersecting Surprise
- Movement IV Traffic Shock
- Movement V Self-Organizing Emergent Patterns
- Interlude II Subi Power Waltz
- Interlude III Invisible Accidents
- Movement VI Isorhythmic Night Dance with Interchanges
- Movement VII (Finale) The Emperor of Centrifuge
- Postlude Critical Mass