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Beck lent him his songwriting. Sufjan Stevens covered his songs. James Blake, Bon Iver, Flume and Andrew Bird invited him onto their albums. And Solange Knowles, St. Vincent and Erykah Badu hang out with him: Moses Sumney is a powerful and fascinating magnet. The futuristic soulman’s aura was confirmed in 2017 on his debut album Aromanticism, an impeccable work of lustful, intelligent R&B carried by a gospel-soaked voice and a strong yet troubled personality. Underscoring the duality of his daily life and his struggles with schizophrenia, Moses Sumney sees double with Græ. He has created this ambitious second album (released in two parts, three months apart) by dipping his brush into a wide-ranging palette: soul, pop, jazz, rock, R&B, folk. Even the title - neither black nor white - amplifies the feeling of being in-between...



Now based in Asheville, North Carolina, the Californian (who lived in Accra, Ghana between the ages of 10 and 16) articulates ideas in two-headed sounds. His sexuality as his origins, his virility as his fragility, his falsetto as his hoarse voice, luxury as purity, acoustic guitar as synths, it’s all there. The first part is lyrical, grandiloquent and warm, bordering on baroque soul. The second is more peaceful and weightless. He flits from one thing to another with such ease that it’s never confusing or disorientating. As Sumney said in an interview, pop culture has made the patriarchy waver to the point that we forget masculinity is not necessarily a bad thing: Græ proves it in a whirlwind of eclecticism where his voice serves as a solid common thread. Like on Gagarin, where he revisits From Gagarins Point of View by E.S.T., the late Swedish jazz pianist Esbjörn Svensson’s trio. Or when he invites Jill Scott to sing (recite) the intro to jill/jack. James Blake and Daniel Lopatin a.k.a. Oneohtrix Point Never appear in this vast symphony, one so rich that you hear something new each time you listen. It would be too simplistic to consider Græ the album of Prince 2.0, since he feeds on a thousand sounds. In this grey area, Moses Sumney already has his own crown. And his reign has only just begun... © Marc Zisman/Qobuz

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1
insula
00:00:46

Moses Sumney, Composer, Producer, MainArtist - Ayesha K. Faines, Composer - Taiye Selasi, Composer

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2
Cut Me
00:04:10

Daniel Lopatin, Composer, Lyricist - Adult Jazz, Composer, Lyricist, Producer - Moses Sumney, Composer, Lyricist, Producer, MainArtist

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3
In Bloom
00:03:02

Moses Sumney, Composer, Producer, MainArtist

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Virile
00:04:16

Ben Baptie, Producer, Mixer - Daniel Lopatin, Producer - Noah Kardos-Fein, Composer - Moses Sumney, Composer, Lyricist, Producer, MainArtist - Andrew Chugg, Producer - Sumney Publishing, MusicPublisher - Nonlinear Noise, MusicPublisher

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Conveyor
00:03:23

Yvette, Composer - Moses Sumney, Composer, Producer, MainArtist

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boxes
00:01:22

Moses Sumney, Composer, Producer, MainArtist - Michael Chabon, Composer - Ezra Miller, Composer - Ayesha K. Faines, Composer - Taiye Selasi, Composer

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Gagarin
00:05:54

Dan Berglund, Composer - Magnus Öström, Composer - Moses Sumney, Composer, Producer, MainArtist - Esbjörn Svensson, Composer

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jill/jack
00:01:33

Jill Scott, Composer, MainArtist - Moses Sumney, Composer, Producer, MainArtist

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Colouour
00:03:07

FKJ, Composer, Producer - Moses Sumney, Composer, Producer, MainArtist

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also also also and and and
00:01:31

FKJ, Composer, Producer - Moses Sumney, Composer, Producer, MainArtist - Ezra Miller, Composer - Taiye Selasi, Composer

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Neither/Nor
00:05:26

Ben Baptie, Producer - John Congleton, Producer - Moses Sumney, Composer, Producer, MainArtist

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12
Polly
00:03:38

Ben Baptie, Mixer - Moses Sumney, Composer, Lyricist, Producer, Mixer, MainArtist - Sumney Publishing, MusicPublisher - Tom Gallo, Composer, Lyricist, Mixer, MusicPublisher - Ricardo Wheelock, Mixer

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DISC 2

1
Two Dogs
00:03:56

Daniel Lopatin, Composer, Producer - Moses Sumney, Composer, Producer, MainArtist

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2
Bystanders
00:04:14

Daniel Lopatin, Composer - Matthew Otto, Composer, Producer - Moses Sumney, Composer, Producer, MainArtist

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3
Me in 20 Years
00:03:40

Daniel Lopatin, Producer - Matthew Otto, Composer, Lyricist, Producer, MusicPublisher - Moses Sumney, Composer, Lyricist, Producer, MainArtist - Sumney Publishing, MusicPublisher

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4
Keeps Me Alive
00:02:56

Moses Sumney, Composer, Producer, MainArtist

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5
Lucky Me
00:04:57

James Blake, Composer - Moses Sumney, Composer, Producer, MainArtist

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and so I come to isolation
00:00:49

Moses Sumney, Composer, Producer, MainArtist - Taiye Selasi, Composer

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7
Bless Me
00:04:59

John Congleton, Producer - Moses Sumney, Composer, Producer, MainArtist

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before you go
00:02:05

Moses Sumney, Composer, Producer, MainArtist - Ezra Miller, Composer - Michaela Coel, Composer - Taiye Selasi, Composer

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Album Description

Beck lent him his songwriting. Sufjan Stevens covered his songs. James Blake, Bon Iver, Flume and Andrew Bird invited him onto their albums. And Solange Knowles, St. Vincent and Erykah Badu hang out with him: Moses Sumney is a powerful and fascinating magnet. The futuristic soulman’s aura was confirmed in 2017 on his debut album Aromanticism, an impeccable work of lustful, intelligent R&B carried by a gospel-soaked voice and a strong yet troubled personality. Underscoring the duality of his daily life and his struggles with schizophrenia, Moses Sumney sees double with Græ. He has created this ambitious second album (released in two parts, three months apart) by dipping his brush into a wide-ranging palette: soul, pop, jazz, rock, R&B, folk. Even the title - neither black nor white - amplifies the feeling of being in-between...



Now based in Asheville, North Carolina, the Californian (who lived in Accra, Ghana between the ages of 10 and 16) articulates ideas in two-headed sounds. His sexuality as his origins, his virility as his fragility, his falsetto as his hoarse voice, luxury as purity, acoustic guitar as synths, it’s all there. The first part is lyrical, grandiloquent and warm, bordering on baroque soul. The second is more peaceful and weightless. He flits from one thing to another with such ease that it’s never confusing or disorientating. As Sumney said in an interview, pop culture has made the patriarchy waver to the point that we forget masculinity is not necessarily a bad thing: Græ proves it in a whirlwind of eclecticism where his voice serves as a solid common thread. Like on Gagarin, where he revisits From Gagarins Point of View by E.S.T., the late Swedish jazz pianist Esbjörn Svensson’s trio. Or when he invites Jill Scott to sing (recite) the intro to jill/jack. James Blake and Daniel Lopatin a.k.a. Oneohtrix Point Never appear in this vast symphony, one so rich that you hear something new each time you listen. It would be too simplistic to consider Græ the album of Prince 2.0, since he feeds on a thousand sounds. In this grey area, Moses Sumney already has his own crown. And his reign has only just begun... © Marc Zisman/Qobuz

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