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Hardly Hanging On - Sisyphus (3) - Sisyphus (Vinyl, LP, Album)

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Sisyphus, like a marathon runner who accidentally shows up at a triathlon, is a well-sequenced album that suffers from pacing issues. Unsurprisingly they reveal a thoughtful, troubled artist. If their music videos are any indication , this record, while undeniably rich, is not intended as a protectionist artifact for those who feel that the state of contemporary music ought is a portioned three-course meal rather than an all you can eat buffet.

The former poster child for the full-length album as grand artistic statement, Sufjan Stevens has since abandoned his faith in the LP as a worthwhile concept. Serengeti is a prolific rapper whose massive discography hardly suggests that any one entry might be more precious than another.

And Son Lux has production credits that stretch from Anticon to Hollywood and back. Stakes are admittedly pretty low for these dudes, which makes everything here feel even more rewarding.

The best thing to be said about Sisyphus is that the synthesis between the three artists never feels labored. This is also maybe the most ironic thing about it. Often, when established artists throw their lots in together, the results feel overworked, as if the various contributors kept stopwatches on hand to make sure no other sonic palette was getting more recognizable album time than their own.

Playing the middle man and doing his best to glue these two disparate stars together is Son Lux , whose own highly orchestrated music probably has more in common with Stevens ', yet whose beats can best be identified with Serengeti 's.

It's a tough role to play and without his presence as a lead vocalist, his ample contributions often seem outgunned by the others' distinct but dissimilar styles. Yet seemingly, the point of this collaboration is for each artist to put their strengths forward, shaping a new and unified sound.

They come close on the excellent "Rhythm of Devotion," but much of the record sounds three-pronged and disjointed. There are certainly fun, playful moments, often thanks to Serengeti 's wry, conversational style like on "Lion's Share," which sounds like three friends having fun in a studio and in the end, that's probably what this album is all about. Taken as a musical statement, Sisyphus works fairly well at times, but it's the kind of collaboration no one asked for and much like their mythological Greek king namesake, getting all three artists' styles to gel is a bit like pushing a boulder eternally up a hill.

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Mar 18,  · View credits, reviews, tracks and shop for the Clear and Gold Vinyl release of Sisyphus on Discogs. Label: Joyful Noise Recordings - JNR ,Asthmatic Kitty Records - AKR • Format: 2x, Vinyl Album, LP, Limited Edition Clear and Gold • Country: US • Genre: Hip Hop, Rock •/5(33).

8 Replies to “Hardly Hanging On - Sisyphus (3) - Sisyphus (Vinyl, LP, Album)”

  1. Limited edition colored vinyl. Includes album download. Sisyphus is the new name for the collaboration between Serengeti, Son Lux, and Sufjan Stevens (formally s/s/s), whose new project under this moniker is a self-titled album partly inspired by the art of Jim Hodges, and commissioned by the Walker Art Center and The Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra's Liquid Music series in Minneapolis/Saint Paul.
  2. Apr 16,  · Sufjan Stevens isn’t exactly known for his brevity. Meanwhile, Serengeti’s latest solo outing, the Kenny Dennis LP, barely topped over 30 minutes. At 52 minutes Sisyphus is long by commercial standards. The culprit is neither artist in particular though the lengthier tracks definitely spend more time with Stevens. Sisyphus.
  3. Sisyphus by Sisyphus album reviews & Metacritic score: The debut full-length release for the collaboration between Serengeti, Son Lux, and Sufjan Stevens (previously known as s/s/s) was commissioned by the Walker.
  4. Mar 17,  · The collaborators immersed themselves in Hodges’s work while putting together this LP (some of which appears as the album’s cover art), and their name change (S / S / S, according to Stevens, sounded too Nazi-ish) came about directly thanks to Hodges’ gold and metallic boulder exhibit, which Stevens has described as “the Sisyphus stone.
  5. Sisyphus is the debut studio album by Sisyphus, a collaborative project between Serengeti, Son Lux, and Sufjan Stevens. It was released through Asthmatic Kitty on March 18, The project was commissioned by the Walker Art Center and the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra's Liquid Music series to accompany an exhibition of the work of visual artist Jim Hodges, scheduled to run from February
  6. This item was available on Vinyl LP & CD but is now sold out on all formats, sorry. Take a look at what else we have in by Sisyphus, check out some related artists, head over to our new releases or knock yourself out reading our latest music news & album reviews.
  7. Of the eleven tracks delivered in this record, only a short handful of them is actually worth coming back to, while the overall act sounds messy and unfocused. Sufjan Stevens and Son Lux's works sound much better separated and cohesive in their own worlds in comparison to Sisyphus' pretention.
  8. Mar 18,  · ‎Album · · 11 Songs. Available with an Apple Music subscription. Try it free. Sisyphus is a dizzying, engrossing listen. You'd expect nothing less from this trio. Sisyphus Sisyphus Hardly Hanging On 11 Alcohol 11 Songs, 51 Minutes.

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