moses sumney needs a thread, dammit!

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didn't think much of Aromanticism first time around, but it has completely taken over my life in the past few weeks. sure it's critic-bait, but the man has a truly special voice and a true talent for layering it into harmonies that sound like they're beamed in from another dimension

praise him here, please

Cat Person (Putting Out Fire) (voodoo chili), Wednesday, 13 December 2017 23:14 (six years ago) link

didn't think much of Aromanticism first time around, but it has completely taken over my life in the past few weeks.

― Cat Person

Same for me. I've been listening to it obsessively over the last week. Probably the most beautiful record of the year.

kitchen person, Wednesday, 13 December 2017 23:18 (six years ago) link

tiny desk concert (lol) was what finally won me over i think

monotony, Thursday, 14 December 2017 04:03 (six years ago) link

I've been posting about out on the 'underrated' threads, it's fantastic.

change display name (Jordan), Thursday, 14 December 2017 04:27 (six years ago) link

I finally got around to this last week and it's fantastic. I still need to spend more time with it but Lonely World is a real standout

ufo, Thursday, 14 December 2017 06:35 (six years ago) link

listened to this while cooking last night and it's very very pretty. even a bit like Jeff Buckley at one point. I didn't really catch a single lyric but definitely want to revisit
I haven't paid attention to them in about a decade so it was also genuinely surprising to me that Jagjaguwar put this and the Jamila Woods album out

rob, Thursday, 14 December 2017 16:13 (six years ago) link

Tiny Desk concert is stunning, ty.

change display name (Jordan), Thursday, 14 December 2017 16:29 (six years ago) link

An amazing record. I was rotely perusing the pitchfork top 10 and almost didn't even give this one a play because most of their other picks couldn't hold my attention. This is way beautiful.

how's life, Tuesday, 19 December 2017 12:39 (six years ago) link

First exposure to Moses Sumney was this video of him covering one of my favorite Elliott Smith songs. Saw it maybe a year ago, thought he was just some LA open mic dude.

Got the new record for review this year and was pretty stunned. His cover of "O Superman" is fantastic, too. He was great at the p4k 21 show, had the line of the night: "Happy birthday, Pitchfork... 21 years of making dreams and destroying lives." He covered a Bjork song I didn't recognize. So much better than Alex G, who followed him (zzzzz....). Wish he played before Avey Tare & Panda Bear.

flappy bird, Tuesday, 19 December 2017 18:34 (six years ago) link

I like Alex G a lot!

flamboyant goon tie included, Tuesday, 19 December 2017 18:58 (six years ago) link

seven months pass...

New single is a left-turn but pretty great, very reminiscent of Algiers

ufo, Wednesday, 1 August 2018 21:18 (five years ago) link

I love this Bjork cover that flappy bird mentioned too, his voice is seriously incredible

ufo, Wednesday, 1 August 2018 21:24 (five years ago) link

love the new one

change display name (Jordan), Wednesday, 1 August 2018 21:34 (five years ago) link

four months pass...

wonder who he's subtweeting

Frozen CD, Monday, 17 December 2018 13:36 (five years ago) link

I sincerely can't think of anyone, but those sorts of subtweets tend to read to me like "I put out something this year and am having end-of-year anxiety as my EPs importance is measured and weighed" which is a real and terrifying anxiety

flamboyant goon tie included, Monday, 17 December 2018 14:24 (five years ago) link

ten months pass...

double album græ out next year and the lead single sounds pretty great

ufo, Thursday, 14 November 2019 19:49 (four years ago) link

yess double album is great news, especially if all the songs are as lush and haunting as the new one.

kanye kendrick frank kendrick frank kanye (voodoo chili), Thursday, 14 November 2019 20:02 (four years ago) link

Virile is amazing! Can't wait for the (double!!!) album

Fetchboy, Sunday, 24 November 2019 19:01 (four years ago) link

two weeks pass...


ufo, Friday, 13 December 2019 08:23 (four years ago) link

three weeks pass...

surely one of my most anticipated albums this year

ufo, Tuesday, 7 January 2020 01:57 (four years ago) link

four weeks pass...

a live performance of another new track though it's a "reimagination" so idk how much it'll resemble the studio version. regardless i love it

ufo, Wednesday, 5 February 2020 11:11 (four years ago) link

Not new but his feature on last year's James Blake album is spine-chilling

As is the even less new track with Tessa Thompson from the Creed soundtrack

nashwan, Wednesday, 5 February 2020 11:19 (four years ago) link

New album this month, right?

change display name (Jordan), Wednesday, 5 February 2020 16:14 (four years ago) link

half this month and half in may

ufo, Wednesday, 5 February 2020 22:56 (four years ago) link

two weeks pass...

first half of the album is out now and it sounds great

highlight on first listen was "neither/nor"

ufo, Friday, 21 February 2020 09:14 (four years ago) link

this album is really overwhelmingly gorgeous and it's hard to believe there's still a second half coming in a few months. already a really remarkable and expansive neo-soul album as it is

ufo, Friday, 21 February 2020 17:55 (four years ago) link

Yesss, I already know this is going to be a weekend morning standard, and I genuinely look forward to listening to it tens of times this year.

change display name (Jordan), Friday, 21 February 2020 18:19 (four years ago) link

it's album of the year material

ufo, Saturday, 22 February 2020 03:07 (four years ago) link

I'm tempted to wait until the whole thing is out in May, but I know I won't be able to hold off.

kitchen person, Saturday, 22 February 2020 05:01 (four years ago) link

it's absolutely worth a listen now, part 1 is expansive and substantial enough to be one of the best albums of the year on its own

ufo, Saturday, 22 February 2020 06:23 (four years ago) link

two months pass...

Yeah, seems clear from the available 65% that this will be the best album ever. I just returned from quite a walk.

last updated a group of five done twelve times ago (geoffreyess), Monday, 4 May 2020 00:40 (four years ago) link

super excited for pt 2 to finally be out this week, this latest single is as fantastic as the rest

ufo, Tuesday, 12 May 2020 00:53 (four years ago) link

album of the year, easily

ufo, Thursday, 14 May 2020 23:40 (four years ago) link

For sure! Current fave might be "Conveyor" -- I went back to the performance above and it's amazingly close actually. Hard to believe this music could be played live.

last updated a group of five done twelve times ago (geoffreyess), Friday, 15 May 2020 05:36 (four years ago) link

i saw him play in singapore to an indifferent festival crowd in ... 2018? .. and he and his band were just superlative. but a lot more kraut and a lot more groove and a lot more synth than the record had let me to expect. the band looked like nordic metal guys or something, or maybe i just thought that because one of them had the same midi saxophone thing the guy in shining uses

the ghost of tom, choad (thomp), Friday, 15 May 2020 12:59 (four years ago) link

i haven't seen him live or seen much footage of his live shows, but that doesn't really surprise me since the new record pushes much further in those sort of directions (also neo-soul) than aromanticism did

ufo, Friday, 15 May 2020 13:15 (four years ago) link

The Bliss Album...?: Fury Road

last updated a group of five done twelve times ago (geoffreyess), Sunday, 17 May 2020 19:04 (four years ago) link

I'm....trying to admire this album, but vocal acrobatics coupled with its length have conspired to give me headaches every time I try finishing it.

TikTok to the (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Sunday, 17 May 2020 19:13 (four years ago) link

maybe just try listening to just the first part to get into it because that's a fully-formed masterpiece on its own

i'd been thinking that maybe the split-release strategy didn't do it any favours but maybe it did help actually because it made it much more approachable? it's just odd because the second half, while still very good, is much quieter and less substantial, with the best tracks ("me in 20 years" and "bless me") being already familiar as pre-release singles. i still really love it as a whole though

ufo, Monday, 18 May 2020 00:26 (four years ago) link

I liked Aromanticism but this one just left me cold. I prefer his singing when he dials it down.

pomenitul, Monday, 18 May 2020 00:28 (four years ago) link

The first part two weeks ago is what gave me trouble. I dig "Neither/Nor" and "Conveyor" but, man, it's exhausting.

TikTok to the (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Monday, 18 May 2020 00:40 (four years ago) link

two months pass...

I agree with ufo. An ambitious, complex, and often stunning confluence of pop, classical, jazz, r&b, and electronic. One of my favorite songs, "Colouour," has elements of all 5. I hear a lot of James Blake (a collaborator) and Thom Yorke: "boxes" recalls Amnesiac. I have tried to listen to this while working or reading, but this is music that commands my attention and sounds wholly different through headphones.

If I have a complaint, it's that I have not found myself wanting to play it much. Feels like an undertaking each time.

Indexed, Monday, 3 August 2020 22:15 (three years ago) link

right? i'm not positive i really like it so much as i admire it. and to confirm, i'd need to listen to it again.
this would be a lot easier to determine if he was touring and i could hear it live.

Fuck the NRA (ulysses), Tuesday, 4 August 2020 05:15 (three years ago) link

yeah this guy is in one ear out the other territory for sure, overwrought and hookless

Vapor waif (uptown churl), Tuesday, 4 August 2020 14:41 (three years ago) link

I guess I could have anticipated these reactions but really can't relate. Admiration requires distance, and this album's so close when it's playing. Also, it gives me so much energy, and requires fairly little.

geoffreyess, Wednesday, 5 August 2020 05:52 (three years ago) link

three months pass...

crossposted from sufjan thread

longtime caller, first time listener (man alive), Sunday, 8 November 2020 08:09 (three years ago) link

Needs more Sumney, but its a nice enough Sufjan breathy vocal cut

curmudgeon, Monday, 9 November 2020 04:51 (three years ago) link

that's from an EP where moses sumney got a bunch of people (including sufjan) to each cover "make out in my car"

ufo, Monday, 9 November 2020 07:38 (three years ago) link

one month passes...

wow I fucking love this album, it's just so dense and endlessly interesting. It's like Tales from Topographic Oceans but good?

akm, Tuesday, 29 December 2020 07:54 (three years ago) link

eight months pass...

He has a thing from the Proms on TV tonight and it's really very good, he did a version of Bjork's Come To Me which just blew me away.

fc_TEFH28mo (Camaraderie at Arms Length), Friday, 3 September 2021 20:21 (two years ago) link

four months pass...

Years late to him but have been diving in after reading this "things I like" feature:

On my radar: Moses Sumney’s cultural highlights

— The Guardian (@guardian) January 1, 2022

... (Eazy), Monday, 3 January 2022 04:23 (two years ago) link

Oh, and looks like this hasn't been shared here yet:

... (Eazy), Monday, 3 January 2022 04:46 (two years ago) link

oh i'd been meaning to get around to that, thanks for the reminder

these versions are really immense and muscular

ufo, Monday, 3 January 2022 06:03 (two years ago) link

the t-pain cover is a joy

i cannot help if you made yourself not funny (forksclovetofu), Monday, 3 January 2022 15:36 (two years ago) link

Thanks for posting, as I'd forgotten about this and had meant to watch it

Indexed, Monday, 3 January 2022 16:33 (two years ago) link

Beautifully shot, super unique, and many great performances. "Cut Me" was a highlight. Half the time I think this guy is on another level, making really inspired, interesting music. The other half I think his vocal phrasings are too complex, his songs too detached from traditional song structures, etc. Whole thing makes me think of Bjork.

Indexed, Tuesday, 11 January 2022 16:18 (two years ago) link

three weeks pass...

finally watched Blackalachia, so great

sloop johnnin' skater (geoffreyess), Wednesday, 2 February 2022 16:25 (two years ago) link

Yeah. What I said over on Hype and Slander for your EOY nominations:

Some kind of Special Citation, Laurie Anderson Award, whatever you want to call it, should go to Moses Sumney, director and star ov film x album Live From Blackalachia, which takes place during a day and evening in the mountains of North Carolina---no audience, so no "How ya doin Blackalachia" etc., but you are there. A seven-piece band total, I think (three horn players eventually appear in the gloaming, all in good time), opening with what I think of as psych metal then losing me a little in second quarter diffusion of prog-associated balladry, but coming back strong and then some with the rest, incl. slow motion acrobatics of falsetto, my least favorite (and then some) form of singing--even got a little tired of it on prev. Sumney albums---but this is incredible, incl even some use of microtones? reminding me of Arthur Russell's cello bow at times---and visuals are totally appropriate at all times---meant to compare w audio-only, as usual, but this time I couldn't look away.
(Only thing comparable in recent years: The Chicks'
Gaslighter, with commissioned videos by female directors for each track, but those are discrete, while this is seamless---despite cut-ins of "low-fi video," like it says in the credits, also times of day and evening can switch, never twitch.)

dow, Thursday, 3 February 2022 00:23 (two years ago) link

march 30 in brooklyn

i cannot help if you made yourself not funny (forksclovetofu), Thursday, 3 February 2022 01:58 (two years ago) link

with l'rain even

i cannot help if you made yourself not funny (forksclovetofu), Thursday, 3 February 2022 01:59 (two years ago) link

Yeah saw Hanif Abdurraqib tweet about his curated Music at BAM, which looks really great

Indexed, Thursday, 3 February 2022 16:50 (two years ago) link

i have tix to this and dawn, considering little simz which doesn't seem to be selling too briskly

i cannot help if you made yourself not funny (forksclovetofu), Friday, 4 February 2022 03:48 (two years ago) link

one month passes...

unfortunately, I'm not going to be able to go to this (now sold out) Moses Sumney show with L'Rain at BAM in Brooklyn on Wednesday, March 30 at 8pm.
I got two balcony seats, would let them go for less than i paid for them if there are ILXORS who are into it?

i cannot help if you made yourself not funny (forksclovetofu), Tuesday, 22 March 2022 20:28 (two years ago) link

five months pass...


A Performance In V Acts (Trailer)

Come to Me" (Björk Cover) & "Doomed" (Live)

August 24, 2022) - Moses Sumney returns to announce A Performance In V Acts, a live concert film that captures his October 31, 2021 performance at the Ford Theater in Los Angeles, with a trailer and clip of him performing fan-favorite "Doomed" along with his cover of Björk's "Come to Me." The film, made possible in partnership with YouTube's Black Voices Fund, arrives in full next week on Wednesday, August 31st.

When sharing the film's trailer on Instagram, Sumney elaborated:

"A Performance in V Acts marks the official end of the græ album cycle. It's a capsule of our headline show since we will not be touring the album after all. This film also ushers in a new period of creativity for me – one in which I take a continued break from making albums and touring music to focus on other disciplines."

The film's announcement arrives on the heels of HBO announcing Sumney as a cast member on the The Idol, the forthcoming series created by Abel "The Weeknd" Tesfaye and Euphoria creator/director Sam Levinson. Sumney's announcement came this past Sunday when HBO formally shared the show's second official teaser on the heels of The Weeknd debuting it on Saturday evening during the Las Vegas stop of his After Hours Til Dawn tour.

Watch the trailer for A Performance In V Acts above now along with the performance of "Come to Me" and "Doomed," and turn on notifications via the bell at the trailer link to be alerted for the premiere.

Moses Sumney

A Performance V Acts


August 31st 2022

ACT I: Logos





ACT II: Ethos


In Bloom

Cut me

Bless me

ACT III: Pathos


Me in 20 Years


ACT IV: Pathos

Come to Me (Björk cover)




Connect with Moses Sumney:
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dow, Saturday, 10 September 2022 00:08 (one year ago) link

since we will not be touring the album after all.

dow, Saturday, 10 September 2022 00:11 (one year ago) link

one year passes...

(June 5, 2024) - Moses Sumney officially marks his return to music with the release of his new single "Vintage" today. After taking time to make his film & TV acting debuts, "Vintage" is Moses’ first new original music since his 2020 album græ.

The self-directed music video for the song bears the hallmarks of his past directorial work – the distinctive lushness of his live concert film Blackalachia, the comedic surrealism of "Cut Me," and the kinetic physicality of “Virile” (a standout from his second album græ).

In close collaboration with Moses and cinematographer Marcell Rév (Euphoria, Malcolm & Marie, Miley Cyrus’s “Flowers”), Kodak supported the music video with a yet-to-be-released and never-before-used motion picture stock, which is similar to a beloved professional still photography film.

"Vintage" arrives on the heels of Moses’s feature on BTS member RM's May album Right Place, Wrong Person. About the single, Moses says:

“‘Vintage’ is me sliding into the music I probably listen to most these days – progressive R&B. I crafted the video as a callback to the 90s/2000s clips of my childhood, when men weren’t afraid to beg and plead. I am once again begging to join the pantheon of great yearners: K-Ci & Jojo, Omarion, Ray J, Jodeci, Jagged Edge. Desire has always been at the core of my work; now the desire has a little shimmering shimmy to it.”

Later this Summer, Sumney will star in A24's Ti West-directed MaXXXine alongside Mia Goth, Halsey, Kevin Bacon and more.

Watch "Vintage" now and stay tuned for more from Moses Sumney soon.

dow, Thursday, 6 June 2024 01:58 (one month ago) link

one month passes...

Moses Sumney Announces Sophcore EP, Shares New Song “Gold Coast”: Listen

His first new record in three years clocks in with six tracks total

By Nina Corcoran

dow, Wednesday, 10 July 2024 01:50 (two days ago) link

this one's wonderful

ufo, Wednesday, 10 July 2024 03:34 (two days ago) link

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