Moses Sumney shares a new video from Part One of his double album græ. ‘Cut Me’ is the second video directed by Sumney himself, following the stunning ‘Virile.’ The visual stars Emara Jackson, Malachi Middleton, and Sumney as discarded clinic patients who troll an otherwise abandoned hospital.
Speaking about the video, Sumney shares, “‘Cut Me’ is a satirisation of the medical industrial complex, and a chuckle in the face of black death.”
Part One of Moses Sumney’s double album græ is out everywhere digitally via Jagjaguwar Records. The album is a conceptual patchwork about greyness and expands upon the sonic universe built in Sumney’s critically-acclaimed debut LP Aromanticism and subsequent EP Black In Deep Red, 2014. The album includes previous singles ‘Cut Me,’ ‘Virile,’ ‘Polly,’ and ‘Conveyor’ (which Sumney debuted in the form of a Moog Sound Lab session) and will be followed by Part Two as well as a physical release on May 15th. The album includes collaborations with a diverse array of contributors and is Sumney’s first work to be written in his new home of Asheville, North Carolina.
About Moses Sumney:
Moses Sumney evades definition as an act of duty: technicolor videos and monochrome clothes; Art Rock and Black Classical; blowing into Fashion Week from a small town in North Carolina; seemingly infinite collaborators, but only one staggering voice. A young life spent betwixt Southern California and Accra, Ghana – not so much rootless as an epyphite, an air plant. The scale is cinematic but the moves are precise deeds of art and stewardship. Sumney’s new, generous double album, græ, is an assertion that the undefinable still exists and dwelling in it is an act of resistance.
There’s probably a biblical analogy to be made about a person who just happens to be named Moses, who flees the binary, splits a massive body into two pieces, and leads us through the in-between – holy and wholly rebellious. By breaking up græ into two multifaceted, dynamic pieces, Sumney is quite literally creating a “grey” in-between space for listeners to absorb and consider the art. Not strictly singles, not strictly albums, never altogether songs or spoken word segments on their own. It’s neither here nor there. ‘Neither/Nor,’ if you will.