Moses Sumney Composes Cerebral Soul

Moses Sumney Composes Cerebral Soul

The artsy wunderkind infuses his music with an intergalactic strain of soul.

The artsy wunderkind infuses his music with an intergalactic strain of soul.

Photography: Luke Gilford

Styling: Kyle Luu

Text: Devin Barrett

“The easiest way to describe [my sound] is soul music. It has elements of soul as a genre, but also, it’s music from the soul, about the condition of the soul. I also think of it as outerspace music or hammock music—music you’d listen to in a hammock, maybe a hammock dangling in space. There’s a slowness to a lot of it, but it’s also quite cerebral.

I would describe my look as romantic-era vampire, Edwardian priest, or wannabe goth. My parents are pastors; I grew up in the church and that really influenced what I like in terms of clothing.

I’ve always loved different music. After school we’d go to church. We were messing around on the P.A. system; it was recording and I think my dad made a cassette tape of us singing in the microphone. The idea that I could hear my voice and it could be an audio journal entry became so fascinating to me. That’s the moment I explicitly visualized and desired being a performer.”

PANTS LUAR, NOSE RING HIS OWN, ON FACE NARS SOFT MATTE COMPLETE CONCEALER IN DARK COFFEE
Credits: Makeup  Ralph Sicilliano (The Wall Group) using mac cosmetics HAIR  Ward (The Wall Group) Set Designer  Lauren Nikrooz (the magnet agency) Photo Assistants  Jason Acton, John Griffith Set Designer Assistant  Alvin Manalo Location  Pier 59 Studios NYC

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