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Pink Floyd Who? Sufjan Stevens And Members Of The National Have A New Kind Of ‘Planetarium’ Show

Sufjan Stevens will never come through on that joke he made about writing an album for each state. Mostly because he’s set his sights on something a little…bigger. Along with Bryce Dessner of The National, composer Nico Muhly and drummer James McAlister, the singer-songwriter is releasing a project focusing on all of the planets in our solar system. The supergroup have already shared the single “Saturn” — the first single from the project dubbed Planetarium — and today the group have shared another single that’s a little closer to home.

“Mercury” plays a bit like a song from the Chainsmokers new album Memories…Do Not Open, but with a cosmic bit of piano improv where pop’s favorite bros would place a drop. Maybe that’s just the lyric video’s scribble aesthetics talking, but we can’t help but feel like this is a song that that mega-successful group would make given a few more years to drift away from “#Selfie” and into their feelings.

In addition to the new track, the group have a revealed a small string of tour dates. After kicking off with a show in Paris, the band will come home and stick to the coasts for shows in Oakland, Los Angles and New York. Check out those tour dates below:

07/10 –- Paris, FR @ Philharmonie de Paris
07/18 –- Brooklyn, NY @ Celebrate Brooklyn! at Prospect Park
07/20 –- Los Angeles, CA @ Hollywood Forever Cemetery
07/21 –- Oakland, CA @ Fox Theater

Planetarium is out June 9.

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