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Moses Sumney kind of popped up out of nowhere. I first heard his name when I found out he was opening for Local Natives on their spring tour. I looked him up on nothing. Spotify had no record of him either. It was all very mysterious, and I abandoned my search until I tried again today, and I’m glad I did; turns out his debut EP was released recently.

‘Mid-City Island’ is a gorgeous release that combines elements of soul and lo-fi with a touch of ambience and production a la King Krule.

The EP opens with minute-long ‘Outro’ (ha, ha) which reminds me of something Panda Bear might do. It then melds into ‘Man on the Moon’, a beautiful ballad that sounds like a acoustic tune run through a filter of low-key jazz (and I mean this in the best way possible.) Next up is ‘Mumblin”, which features Sumney’s delicate, soulful voice over a catchy vocal loop which fades into a Julianna Barwick-esque soundscape. Fourth track is the tender ‘Plastic’, which contains my favorite lyric on the EP: “Can I tell you a secret?/My wings are made of plastic.” And finally, it closes out with equally beautiful “San Fran,”

I’m really liking Sumney’s sound! I see him with Local Natives in ten days, so I’ll have more on him then.

The EP is available for free download via his SoundCloud:



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