We are thrilled to announce a headline performance from acclaimed musician Moses Sumney at Melbourne Recital Centre on Thursday 1 February, 2018. With a voice both smooth and haunting, Moses Sumney will be showcasing his lauded debut album Aromanticism in the spellbinding Elisabeth Murdoch Hall whilst in the country on Laneway Festival 2018.
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 whilst 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.
The album is his debut on the Jagjaguwar label (Bon Iver, Angel Olsen), Aromanticism follows two previous releases – his self-released cassette EP Mid-City Island and 2015's Seeds/Pleas 7".
Melbourne Recital Centre presents Moses Sumney with special guests
Thursday 1 February 2018, 7:30pm
Melbourne Recital Centre, Elisabeth Murdoch Hall
Cnr Southbank Blvd & Sturt St, Southbank
Tickets on sale Thursday 26 October, 2017
To book: 03 9699 3333 or melbournerecital.com.au/moses-sumney