In the competition for most serenely beautiful vocals backed by experimental, if not even caustic production, Moses Sumney has now entered the arena once ruled unchallenged by FKA twigs (and basically invented by Bjork). “Virile” is somewhat of a major departure for the Los Angeles based singer-songwriter-guitarist as far as this fan is concerned.

But that’s not to say we don’t fkn love it. The man with the soulful and crooning falsetto has shifted from his more minimalistic, if not spacey, backing production to a wild whirlwind of a track led by Oneohtrix Point Never’s Daniel Lopatin in the studio. “Virile” never quite lets up, letting Sumney’s vocals demonstrate their equally wild range to match this new, more challenging style of production. May we just say: more more more!



This new track sees the vocalist stepping into the realm directly in line with our taste: aka art freak nouveau.  Sumney just cemented his place as the golden child of Los Angeles indie-soul weirdness, fitting in even more-so at places like the Gobi tent at Coachella than we even imagined possible. Turns out he not only has a killer voice, but he’s also down for the weird sounds to back it. That sounds like a lethal combo to 9.1’s on Pitchfork and a major slot at Primavera Sound.

2020 will see the release of Moses Sumney’s græ on jagjaguwar.  The record is set to be released in two parts. Half in February and the second half in May.  The only question that remains is: what will it sound like? Is “Virile” the lead single, because this is the kind of sound we’re going to get? Or are we likely to see more simplistic production on the other tracks? Either way, we’re excited in this direction we’re headed.


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