Moses Sumney Delivers Devastating, Provocative “Doomed”

Moses Sumney’s mellifluous, haunting voice has been a siren for us since he emerged onto the scene in 2014. He’s leveled us time and again with his powerhouse recordings and dynamic live performances. We’ve admired his organic, patient ascent — something all-too rare in this hurried musical climate. Now, for Sumney’s next act, we’ll join forces to release his proper full-length debut. More information on that release to come.

For now, Sumney and Director Allie Avital give us the devastating, provocative video (nay, film!) for Sumney’s single “Doomed.” It’s stunning allegory for longing and inability to connect is timeless like the song itself. Atop billowing synths, Sumney, in a pleading, intricate falsetto, questions if one’s inability to engage in romantic love may signify a far-greater damnation: “Am I vital if my heart is idle? Am I doomed?”

Sumney makes future music that transmogrifies classic tropes, like moon-colony choir reinterpretations of old jazz gems. His vocals narrate a personal journey through universal loneliness atop otherworldly compositional backdrops. In-between 3 years of stops at distinguished festivals across the globe and myriad artistic collaborations, Sumney has readied his proper full-length debut album, an intimate concept record about lovelessness as a sonic dreamscape. Meanwhile, Sumney has announced tours through North America and Europe this fall. His inspired ascent continues.

Listen to “Doomed”: