Moses Sumney has been busy in the 10 months since last fall’s Aromanticism, and not just because of a performance schedule that included an Oscars cameo alongside Sufjan Stevens and gigs at seemingly every music festival in the world. It turns out Sumney has also been hard at work on new music all the while, and some of it is coming out next week.
In a new interview with the Wall Street Journal, Sumney announces a new EP coming 8/10 and shares some short but intriguing details about his next full-length. The EP’s title has not been revealed yet, but writer Mark Yarm (author of the grunge history Everybody Loves Our Town) describes it as “a far noisier endeavor” than Aromanticism. Sumney on the EP’s subject matter: “‘Do we have power?’ is the key question. Or ‘Who has power?’ Or ‘What is the nature of power?'”
Fittingly, it includes a song called “Power.” The track incorporates a chant Sumney recorded at a Los Angeles protest following a grand jury’s decision not to indict the police officer accused of shooting and killing 18-year-old Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri. “I had never been to a protest before, and I was just curious,” Sumney told WSJ. “I’ve often been written about as a political artist, which is kind of ironic, because I’ve never released music that’s political. But I think that because I’m black and young, people put [me] in this group.”
As for the new LP, Sumney says it’s another theme record and will involve “maximalist” elements: “Often it’s more powerful to whisper than to scream. But also sometimes you just need to scream.”
The as-yet-untitled EP is out 8/10 on Jagjaguwar.