Why Aren’t You Listening To: Moses Sumney

“Why Aren’t You Listening to” is an irregularly-running series at Rock on Philly, spotlighting artists in Philly and beyond that you should be keeping an eye (and ear) out for! This installment focuses on soulful Los Angeles-based eclectic Moses Sumney.

Why you should be listening: Well, for one thing, you’ll want to get to know this unique artist before he comes to Philly in 2015 to play as part of the loaded lineup for the Roots Picnic. Aside from that, Moses has played tours opening for everyone from Dr. Dog to Karen O (the Yeah Yeah Yeahs), shared a stage with Beck and the Los Angeles Philharmonic, and will spend the first half of May on tour with Sufjan Stevens. This rising star makes thoughtful music that is bound to stick in your head, and you’ll be happy to have it there.

Sounds like: The occasionally-ghostly voice that hangs out in the corners of your mind on the latest of nights and the quietest of Sunday afternoons.

Listen to: “Plastic“, a number from Sumney’s Mid-City Island project that rolls up Moses’s usual soulful voice, jazzy breaks, and bright guitar tone into one beautiful musical burrito.

Featured Image by Sydney Botie via Flickr

1 Comment

  1. Lauren Silvestri

    March 18, 2015 at 8:10 pm

    Wow this was amazing! He’s like a jazzier Sam Smith.

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