Moses Sumney announces headline show to showcase his acclaimed debut album Aromanticism
We are thrilled to announce a headline performance from Moses Sumney at Melbourne Recital Centre this February. With a voice both smooth and haunting, Moses Sumney will be showcasing his critically-acclaimed debut album Aromanticism in the spellbinding Elisabeth Murdoch Hall.
The rise of Moses Sumney has come through a wave of word-of-mouth praise, hushed recordings and dynamic live performances. Support slots with Sufjan Stevens and James Blake, collaborating with Solange on her journey of an album A Seat At The Table, called upon by Beck to co-produce and sing the opening track on his 2013 album Song Reader, feature vocalist on Flume’s 2017 single ‘Weekend’ and collaborations with Chance the Rapper – these are but a few examples of the widespread admiration that exists for California-born, Ghana-raised Sumney.
Self-taught and for many years too shy to share his music – there are stories of him spending many years writing songs, only to stash them inside his mattress where no one could find them – the 27-year-old developed his sound while attending UCLA, creating soul-infused folk music using guitar and unique arrangements built on loop pedals
On Aromanticism, Sumney uses devastating, billowing synths to explore the concepts of universal loneliness and lovelessness as a sonic dreamscape, seeking to interrogate the social constructions around romance. In a voice both mellifluous and haunting, Sumney makes future music that transmogrifies classic tropes, like moon-colony choir reinterpretations of old jazz gems. His vocals narrate a personal journey atop otherworldly compositional backdrops.
Moses Sumney also appears at the 2018 Laneway Festival.
‘My ultimate goal is to have an emotional connection with people – to have people think of things in a way they haven’t before, either musically or just thinking to feel.’ Moses Sumney.
‘The debut album from Moses Sumney is a soulful, cosmic embrace of aloneness. His deep blue songwriting examines the blasé cruelty that defines intimacy in our swipe-left era.’ Pitchfork
‘We’re not all destined to be completed by some special someone, the LA musician seems to conclude. That the swooning, layered backing vocals on many of these 11 tracks turn out to be just Sumney, multi-tracked, underscore his exquisite isolation.’ The Guardian
‘A new benchmark.’ SPIN
Thursday 1 February 2018, 7.30pm
Elisabeth Murdoch Hall
Presented by Melbourne Recital Centre by arrangement with Mistletone
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