With a voice both smooth and haunting, Moses Sumney’s rise has come through via a wave of word-of-mouth praise, hushed recordings and dynamic live performances.
His music, particularly Aromanticism, his debut album, transforms universal loneliness and otherworldly compositional backgrounds that sit beneath a narration of personal journey. He’s performed alongside David Byrne, Karen O, Sufjan Stevens and Solange, now the Ghana-raised, Californian troubadour brings his widened spectrum of ‘bedroom’ music to the lift the ceiling off Elisabeth Murdoch Hall.
‘Of the many striking aspects of Moses Sumney – his skyscraping height, his hallucinatory, Nina Simone-like dreamscapes, his Rolodex of starry musician friends – most intriguing of all is his voice. A feathery falsetto, often layered to celestial effect, it flutters daintily over lambent guitar and sweeping strings. It’s surely the reason that Sufjan Stevens and James Blake asked him to join them on tour. Or why Beck chose Sumney to appear on his covers compilation, Song Reader; ditto Solange Knowles, for last year’s epic A Seat at the Table. As he explains one evening in a restaurant in Echo Park, Los Angeles, sometimes singing to him feels like dancing.’ The Guardian
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Thursday 1 February 2018 7.30pm
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