Filmed by Christine & The Queens director Colin Solal Cardo, the below one-take video shows California and Ghana raised musician Moses Sumney take on a dimly lit centre stage. Using loops of rhythm and a highly expressive, dynamic falsetto he creates an incredible live performance of ‘Rank & File’ , a single from his new EP Black in Deep Red, 2014.
In light of this new EP, Sumney has announced a European tour, a follow up to his tour of his 2017 release Aromanticism, a concept album about lovelessness as a sonic dreamscape. He’ll be playing the Royal Festival Hall on 21 September. The album tackles with an inability to fall in love, and through it Sumney hopes to open up a conversation about this state of being.
Sitting somewhere between folk and soul, Sumney’s album is raw and although not strictly ‘bedroom pop’, is deeply intimate. Back in 2015, he joined David Byrne at the Royal Festival Hall in London to honour the life and music of Nigerian funk musician William Onyeabor. He’s also played alongside the likes of Karen O, Sufjan Stevens and Solange, and during his 2017 tour sold out the Sydney Opera House.
Fans who attend Sumney’s Royal Festival Hall performance will be able to pick up a limited edition flexidisc of his Rank & File single. Tickets for this performance are available now from the Southbank Centre website.