By Kelsey Lacanilao
Harmonic head moving glory, man. Los Angeles based musician Moses Sumney came to Seattle for the first time last Wednesday. This up-and-coming artist relies solely on his silky smooth voice, body parts, an electric guitar, and his loop pedal. He’s gained incredible publicity in 2014, collaborating and touring with artists like Dr. Dog, Solange Knowles, Local Natives, Karen O, Kelela, and many others. He’s performed at a number of popular shows like SXSW, Sofar Sounds, Newport Folk Festival’s Way Over Yonder, Noise Pop Festival, 1MSQFT, and he was featured on LA Weekly’s 10 Bands Who Will Blow Up in 2014.
I was surprised when I realized that he was playing at a small, super chill theater on the UW campus. We were free to engage in conversation, whoop obnoxiously, whistle, groan, and “Mm” at the harmonies. He even did his own stage prep and improvised during initial technical issues. He uses the loop pedal with such ease. I scoffed and went, “dang” as he swankily moved about while making those cool beats. Sumney creates these textured, interesting sounds that contribute to this falsetto-soul, loop pedalin’, harmonious chaotic consonance. [Side note: I also fell in love with one of the openers, Shaprece, whose sound style contains a soulful voice backed with orchestral sounds and an electronic beat. Her EP Molting, was on Seattle Weekly’s Top Local Albums of 2014. You’ve got to listen to her.]
Moses Sumney’s EP, Mid-City Island is on Spotify or on his Soundcloud (Note: his cover of Lindisfarne by James Blake is crazy). However if you’re lucky you’ll find a video of him somewhere in the bowels of YouTube. Which is an even better treat.
This guy is gaining more and more popularity, so be sure to catch a performance before his tickets get hella expensive. He’ll be coming to Seattle again as an opening act at Neumos on February 12th! Get your tickets, son!