Second collaboration between Sufjan Stevens and Lowell Brams. Released almost ten years after their first effort, Sufjan and Lowell never stopped making music together. After over 10 years without a co-release, the music on their new, mostly instrumental album Aporia is everything that Insomnia is not.
Where Insomnia alienates, Aporia charms. Where Insomnia is frivolous, Aporia’s 21 tightly crafted songs resonate with a gem-like intensity.
In the spirit of the New Age composers who sanded off the edges of their synths’ sawtooth waves, Aporiaapproximates a rich soundtrack from an imagined sci-fi epic brimming with moody, hooky, gauzy synthesizer soundscapes. The album may suggest the progeny of a John Carpenter, Wendy Carlos, and Mike Oldfield marriage, but it stands apart from these touchstones and generates a meditative universe all its own. Aporia is no mere curio in Sufjan’s catalog – but a fully realized collaborative musical piece.