SUFJAN STEVENS & LOWELL BRAMS Aporia
2008’s Music For Insomnia by Lowell Brams (Sufjan Stevens’ stepfather & the “Lowell” of Stevens’ LP “Carrie & Lowell’) was an entire album of drones, dissonance and queasy synth squelches replete with titles that referenced various sleep aids and disturbances. Stevens was a collaborator on the record.
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.