Moses Sumney released a beautiful, soulful, and altogether fantastic debut album, Aromanticism, in September. His music mostly relies heavily on moody background instrumentals and highly emotive vocals, reminiscent of James Blake or Bon Iver. Yet, Sumney remains uniquely himself, no one quite making this kind of music in 2017.
Sumney may not have been on your radar before now, but he’s definitely an artist to be on the lookout for. Last year he released a great little EP titled Lamentations, which picked up some fans here and there, but with his first official album he seems poised to be even bigger. His music may sound nearly surreal at first, a little alien and difficult maybe, but it ends up sliding into your brain so easily that you eventually can’t get it out of your head. The songs will wrap you up in their beautiful looping melodies while his untouchable, pristine vocals guide you into his own world. It’s one of the strongest debuts of the year and it definitely needs your ears on it.
To get you hooked into his style, he’s journeyed on over to NPR’s Tiny Desk Concert to perform a gorgeous set of three songs from Aromanticism. It’s a nice primer for what you’re in for when you dig into the full album. Also this is just in general one of the absolute best Tiny Desk performances of this year. Check out the full video right here.