Today, Moses Sumney releases Part One of his double album græ. Out everywhere digitally via Jagjaguwar Records, the album is a conceptual patchwork about greyness and expands upon the sonic universe built in Sumney’s critically-acclaimed debut LP Aromanticism and subsequent EP Black In Deep Red, 2014. The album includes previous singles “Cut Me,” “Virile,” “Polly,” and “Conveyor” (which Sumney debuted in the form of a Moog Sound Lab session) and will be followed by Part Two as well as a physical release on May 15th. The album includes collaborations with a diverse array of contributors and is Sumney’s first work to be written in his new home of Asheville, North Carolina.
2. Cut Me
3. In Bloom
10. also also also and and and
13. Two Dogs
15. Me in 20 Years
16. Keeps Me Alive
17. Lucky Me
18. and so I come to isolation
19. Bless Me
20. before you go
græ Part One also arrives in the midst of Moses Sumney’s residency and installation at Los Angeles’ Bootleg Theater, taking place through March 4th. The residency finds Moses returning to the venue where his career as a live performer began 6 years ago to examine the concept of græ — the spectrum of greyness in regard to color, displacement, interstitial space, and marginal identity. Between the hours of 12 and 5PM on Monday through Saturday until March 4th, fans will be able to enter the Bootleg Theater where græ will be playing in immersive, 3D Audio via Amazon Music HD on an Echo Studio. Throughout the course of the residency there will be weekly free live performances by Moses Sumney every Wednesday night. After the residency, Moses will then head overseas to play an intimate show in the UK at London’s Hoxton Hall on March 18th. Tickets are on sale now here.
Upcoming Tour Dates:
2/25 – Los Angeles, CA @ The Bootleg Theatre (græ residency)
3/4 – Los Angeles, CA @ The Bootleg Theatre (græ residency)
3/18 – London, UK @ Hoxton Hall
Moses Sumney evades definition as an act of duty: technicolor videos and monochrome clothes; Art Rock and Black Classical; blowing into Fashion Week from a small town in North Carolina; seemingly infinite collaborators, but only one staggering voice. A young life spent betwixt Southern California and Accra, Ghana – not so much rootless as an epyphite, an air plant. The scale is cinematic but the moves are precise deeds of art and stewardship. Sumney’s new, generous double album, græ, is an assertion that the undefinable still exists and dwelling in it is an act of resistance.
There’s probably a biblical analogy to be made about a person who just happens to be named Moses, who flees the binary, splits a massive body into two pieces, and leads us through the in-between – holy and wholly rebellious. By breaking up græ into two multifaceted, dynamic pieces, Sumney is quite literally creating a “grey” in-between space for listeners to absorb and consider the art. Not strictly singles, not strictly albums, never altogether songs or spoken word segments on their own. It’s neither here nor there. “Neither/Nor,” if you will.