Sufjan Stevens and Lowell Brams have released their new album, Aporia, early as a reaction to the current coronavirus pandemic.
Stevens and Asthmatic Kitty Records co-founder, longtime collaborator and Stevens’ stepfather Brams, initially announced that they will release a collaborative album on March 27th. Now, however, the duo has brought the record’s release forward in the hope to have it distributed to record stores before the social distancing rules came into effect.
The collaborative project signals a pivotal moment in Stevens and Brams’ relationship which began in the early 1980s when Brams married Stevens’ late mother Carrie. Stevens and Brams maintained a strong relationship throughout Stevens’ adolescence and into adulthood, eventually founding Asthmatic Kitty Records together in 1999.
“The word ‘aporia’ is Greek in origin, literally meaning ‘without passage’ or ‘at a loss’,” Stephens said in a statement issued to the AKR. “This is a good description of how many of us feel right now. What is happening? What happens next? What can we do? What now? We harbor no delusions of grandeur—this record is hardly the most important thing in your world right now—but we also believe that music is sacred and has the ability to bring beauty, wisdom, truth and light to our lives in difficult times.”
Stevens added: “We hope this music can bring you meaning, hope and encouragement today. We are donating 50% of the proceeds from the sale of Aporia to food-focused COVID19 charities No Kid Hungry as well as to Partners in Health. We encourage you to donate and help out as much as you can.”
Stream the album, below.