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Born In The Echoes

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The BQE

Sufjan Stevens

The BQE

LabelAsthmatic Kitty
VertriebSoulfood
VÖ-Datum23.10.2009

The BQE. Was soll das bedeuten? In Mitteleuropa fällt es schwer, außer den kosmopolitisch und weltumspannend reisenden Engagierten mit genügend Kleingeld, eine Vorstellung für dieses Kürzel zu finden. Die Auflösung jedoch ist eine einfache. Die drei Lettern kürzen den merkwürdigen Brooklyn-Queens-Expressway ab. Diese Stadtautobahn thematisiert das Orchesterwerk aus der Feder des unglaublichen Sufjan Stevens. Er dürfte der letzte Alleskönner populärer Musik sein. Detailreich rekapitulieren seine Linernotes zum nun erscheinenden BQE-Album die Historie der ungeliebten Schnellstraße – und des Hula Hoop –, doch ebenso ausgereift und bis ins Kleinste ausformuliert sind die Arrangements, welche ursprünglich für eine Tanzaufführung entstanden sind.

Popkomponisten, welche derart gekonnt ihre Stücke für große Ensembles zu kreieren in der Lage waren, gab es zuletzt wohl nur in Person von Frank Zappa, Burt Bacharach und Brian Wilson. Andere „Genies“ bedurften stets der Unterstützung durch Sachverständige. Oder sie scheiterten kläglich am Klangkorpus des Orchesters. Sufjan Stevens hingegen, dem keine Aufgabe zu kompliziert oder gar groß erscheinen mag – man denke an sein Vorhaben jedem Bundesstaat der USA ein Album zu widmen –, um sich ihrer anzunehmen, brilliert erneut. The BQE, als ein gewaltiges Musikstück verstanden, ist nämlich kaum weniger als atemberaubend und großartig.

Nach einem kurzen, geräuschhaften Vorspiel nämlich, Prelude On The Esplanade getauft - beginnt die klingende Stadtteilrundfahrt durch Brooklyn und Queens. Während die Straße weiterhin Nachbarschaften und Kulturkreise zerschneidet, führt Sufjan Stevens musikhistorische Stränge zusammen. Allein Movement V glänzt durch die Verbindung von vitalem Big Band Jazz, mit energiereichen Funkanleihen und malerischer Film- respektive Cartoonmusik. Während große Teile des Werks, also die Mehrzahl der sieben Movements, als nostalgische Orchesterschönheiten daherkommen, verzichtet Stevens jedoch keineswegs auf Verweise auf die jüngere Vergangenheit und Gegenbezüge. Breakbeat, Elektrobeat und Synth-Spiralen, wie in Movement IV zu hören, können als Brückenschlag zu Hip Hop-, Disco- und Club-Kultur des Big Apple verstanden werden. Zu mehreren Songs geschrumpft, hätte BQE durchaus Sufjan Stevens New York-Album sein können. Diese betörend schönen, fragilen Melodien trägt diese Autobahn-Veröffentlichung ja auch in sich: Movement III und auch Passagen aus Movement V basieren auf ihnen. Doch wahrscheinlich ist der Künstler uns schon viele Schritte voraus, weil er schon ein weiteres Werk vollendet hat.

Tracklist:
  1. Prelude on the esplanade
  2. Introductory fanfare for the hooper heroes
  3. Movement 1: In the countenance of kings
  4. Movement 2: Sleeping invader
  5. Interlude 2: Dream sequence in subi circumnavigation
  6. Movement 3: Linear tableau with intersecting suprise
  7. Movement 4: Traffic shock
  8. Movement 5: Self-organizing emergent patterns
  9. Interlude 2: Subi power waltz
  10. Interlude 3: Invisible Accidents
  11. Movement 6: Isorhythmic night dance with interchanges
  12. Movement 7 (Finale): The emperor of centifuge
  13. Postlude: Critical mass
Highlights:

Movement 3: Linear tableau with intersecting suprise , Movement 5: Self-organizing emergent patterns , Movement 4: Traffic shock

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