Sufjan Stevens

Since its premiere in 1918, Gustav Holst's symphonic cycle The Planets has effectively defined the informal genre of "music about space." But more recently, four prominent artists from different musical realms collaborated on a cosmic exploration of their own. It culminated in Planetarium, which was released earlier this month.

There's a stunning project by a handful of music's current big-thinkers: composer Nico Muhly, songwriter and singer Sufjan Stevens and guitarist-composer Bryce Dessner of The National. The trio, along with percussionist James McAlister, have created Planetarium, an existential song cycle that confronts both the heavens and the human condition in a marriage of hypnotic sound and song.

This is Sample Size, our weekly new music feature with KOSU's Ryan LaCroix and LOOKatOKC music critic Matt Carney.

Today, Matt brings us new tunes from the supergroup of Sufjan Stevens, Bryce Dessner, Nico Muhly & James McAlister, plus Quelle Chris and Perfume Genius.

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5. Belle & Sebastian - Girls in Peacetime Want to Dance

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4. AM & Shawn Lee - Outlines

This is Sample Size, our weekly new music feature with KOSU's Ryan LaCroix and LOOKatOKC pop music columnist Matt Carney.

Today, Matt looks back on his favorite 2015 releases from Sufjan Stevens, Courtney Barnett & Kendrick Lamar.

This is Sample Size, our weekly new music feature with KOSU's Ryan LaCroix and LOOKatOKC pop music columnist Matt Carney.

Today, we hear the epic jazz output of Kamasi Washington, the glitchy electronic rock of Hot Chip, and a review of a thrilling live show by Sufjan Stevens.

Follow Matt & Ryan on Twitter at @OKmattcarney and @KOSUryan.

Welcome to Sample Size, where KOSU's Ryan LaCroix and LOOKatOKC pop music columnist Matt Carney team up each week to discuss music news and new music releases.

Today, we look at the megastar-led subscription music streaming service Tidal, the personal inspiration of Sufjan Stevens' new album, and the forthcoming full-length debut of indie-pop band Eskimeaux.

Follow Matt & Ryan on Twitter at @OKmattcarney and @KOSUryan.

Welcome to Sample Size, where KOSU's Ryan LaCroix and LOOKatOKC pop music columnist Matt Carney team up each week to discuss music news and new music releases.

Today, we look at the surprise release of Kendrick Lamar's new album, a return to intimate, acoustic sounds by Sufjan Stevens, and a melding of classic rock and dance music from Tame Impala.

Follow Matt & Ryan on Twitter at @OKmattcarney and @KOSUryan.