September 11, 2017

Touring: Moses Sumney

Mistletone is bowled over to present Moses Sumney‘s return to Australia as part of the Laneway Festival 2018 lineup, plus headline shows at Sydney Opera House and Melbourne Recital Centre.

MOSES SUMNEY TOUR DATES:

  • Melbourne: Thursday 1 February @ Melbourne Recital Centre. Tickets & info here.
  • Sydney: Thursday 8 February @ Sydney Opera House. Tickets & info here.

Also playing Laneway Festival:

  • Singapore: Saturday 27 January @ Laneway Festival, Gardens by the Bay.
  • Auckland: Monday 29 January @ Laneway Festival, Albert Park Precinct
  • Adelaide: Friday 2 February @ Laneway Festival, Hart’s Mill, Port Adelaide (16+)
  • Melbourne: Saturday 3 February @ Laneway Festival, Footscray Community Arts Centre and the River’s Edge
  • Sydney: Sunday 4 February @ Laneway Festival, Sydney College of the Arts and Callan Park, Rozelle
  • Brisbane: Saturday 10 February @ Laneway Festival, Brisbane Showgrounds, Bowen Hills (16+)
  • Fremantle: Sunday 11 February @ Laneway Festival, Esplanade Reserve and West End

“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

Since emerging onto the scene in 2014, Moses Sumney has ridden a wave of word-of-mouth praise, hushed recordings, and dynamic live performances. It’s an organic, patient ascent all too rare in today’s musical climate. 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 through universal loneliness atop otherworldly compositional backdrops.

Following the self-release of his debut cassette EP, Mid-City Island, and 2015’s 7″, Seeds/Pleas, Moses Sumney has performed around the world alongside forebears like David Byrne, Karen O, Sufjan Stevens, Solange, James Blake and more. With his 2016 Lamentations EP, the California and Ghana-raised troubadour widened the spectrum of his heretofore “bedroom” music, incorporating songs that feature more elaborate production and evocative songwriting. Now his inspired ascent continues.

His proper debut album, Aromanticism is a concept album about lovelessness as a sonic dreamscape. It seeks to interrogate the social constructions around romance. The debut will include the devastating, billowing synths of “Doomed,” which in a way serves as the album’s thesis statement, as well as new versions of standouts “Lonely World” and “Plastic.” It’s a deliberate, jaw-dropping statement that can leave you both enlightened and empty.

Watch Moses Sumney perform “Doomed” live at St Stephen’s Church, Sydney:

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