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Song of the Day: “Doomed” by Moses Sumney

Burrow into your feelings with Moses Sumney’s “Doomed.”

Photo: Courtesy of the publicist

Name: Moses Sumney
Representing: Los Angeles, California
Genre: Soul, Folk
For fans of: serpentwithfeet, Antony and the Johnsons
Single from: N/A
Produced by: N/A
Song of the Day: June 27, 2017
Label(s): Jagjaguwar

Moses Sumney
Photo: Courtesy of the publicist


ounds from different instruments bring forth particular feelings. The young singer’s falsetto carries the burden of his ill-fated journey; making sorrow a prominent experience for anyone who listens. Released about an hour ago on the Moses Sumney video channel, comes the official video for “Doomed:” a song questioning his seemingly inevitable entrapment. Less upbeat and trendy as previous releases, “Replaceable” and “Lonely World,” it sits on the shelves, or benches where serpentwithoutfeet and Antony and the Johnsons might have an evening tea. Warm, but deep as the water that swallows him, the Allie Avital-direction doesn’t support tears.

It begs me to ask: Is it possible to cry underwater? Maybe it’s where people should go when they aren’t joyous. To interrupt the tear ducts from flowing.

Tour Dates:

06/30 New Orleans, LA – Essence Festival
07/07 Winchester, UK – Blissfields Festival
07/08 London, UK – Somerset House
07/23 Los Angeles, CA – FYF Fest
08/11 Brooklyn, NY – BRIC Celebrate Brooklyn! Festival
09/02 Dorset, UK – End of the Road Festival
09/22 San Diego, CA – Irenic
09/24 Los Angeles, CA – Hollywood Bowl
09/26 San Francisco, CA – Great American Music Hall
09/28 Seattle, WA – Crocodile
09/29 Portland, OR – Doug Fir Lounge
09/30 Vancouver, BC – St. James Hall
10/03 Minneapolis, MN – Icehouse
10/04 Chicago, IL – Old Town School of Folk
10/05 Toronto, ON – Mod Club
10/09 Cambridge, MA – Sinclair
10/11 Brooklyn, NY – Music Hall of Williamsburg
10/12 Philadelphia, PA – First Unitarian Church
10/14 Asheville, NC – Mothlight
10/15 Atlanta, GA – Afropunk Festival
10/17 Houston, TX – White Oak Music Hall
10/18 Austin, TX – Parish
10/25 Los Angeles, CA – Fonda Theatre
10/30 Brighton, UK – Komedia
10/31 London, UK – Islington Town Hall
11/02 Paris, FR – Pitchfork Music Festival
11/03 Bruges, BE – Cactus Club
11/05 Eindhoven, NL – So What’s Next?
11/07 Cologne, DE – Kulturkirche
11/08 Prague, CZ – Meetfactory
11/09 Munich, DE – Ampere
11/12 Berlin, DE – Berghain Kantine
11/14 Copenhagen, DK – Lille Vega
11/16 Amsterdam, NL – Vondelkerk
11/17 Luxembourg, LU – Sonic Visions Festival
11/18 Hamburg, DE – Überjazz Festival: Kampnagel K2
11/20 Brussels, BE – Botanique – Rotunde

Read more about Moses Sumney

Since emerging onto the scene in 2014, Moses Sumney has ridden a wave of word-of-mouth praise, hushed recordings, and dynamic live performances. It’s an organic, patient ascent all too rare in today’s fast-paced musical climate. In a voice both mellifluous and haunting, Sumney makes future music that transmogrifies classic tropes, like moon-colony choir reinterpretations of old jazz gems. His vocals narrate a personal journey through universal loneliness atop otherworldly compositional backdrops.

Following the self-release of his debut cassette EP, “Mid-City Island,” and 2015’s 7″ “Seeds/Pleas,” Sumney has performed around the world alongside forebears like David Byrne, Karen O, Sufjan Stevens, Solange, James Blake and more. With his 2016 “Lamentations” EP, the California and Ghana-raised troubadour widened the spectrum of his heretofore “bedroom” music, incorporating songs that feature more elaborate production and evocative songwriting. Now, in-between 3 years of stops at distinguished festivals across the globe and artistic collaborations, Sumney has readied his proper full-length debut album, an intimate concept record about lovelessness as a sonic dreamscape. His inspired ascent continues.


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