Those vocals. That range. The talent. His stylistic creativity and ability to beautifully execute it. This is more of a love letter than a review to the artists also known as Moses Sumney.
Moses Sumney is a self-taught artist who has been praised by nearly every music journalist and artist. He is on the musical radar as one to watch in 2014. Raised between Los Angeles and Ghana, Sumney's musical style is just that, a culmination of his two geographical regions; rich in roots and soul and layered with electronic, atmospheric soundscapes.
He has a unique looping style, looping his silky vocals and organic noises [hand clapping] atop each other -- creating an almost heavenly sound. He is often seen with up to three mics during live performances -- alternating between each as he continuously creates new sounds, pitches and tones.
Having only listened with eyes closed, one would have no idea it was solely Moses up there. This is truly one performance we can not wait to see live. Our Sunday Morning church session if you will... (Moses was, after all, coined as one of the most important prophets.)
Just one year ago, Moses was an intern at LA Weekly, now a one-man soul-funk-folk maestro being featured on the publication.
His influences range from India.Arie to Lianne La Havas to Hiatus Kaiyote, although he has influenced the likes of ?uestlove, Lianne La Havas, Laura Mvula, KING, Beck and PAPA among others.
Although the most influential part of it all is that fact that Moses did it all by himself, without the assistance of a manager, label, or industry representation. Dreams do come true and he is a shining example.