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This week, Ecléctico welcomes guest DJ Bill Bragin, Executive Artistic Director at The Arts Center at NYU Abu Dhabi and founding co-director of globalFEST. Today we’re listening to Moses Sumney and going deeper with words from Bill and writer Rawiya Kameir.
"Cut Me" by Moses Sumney (2020)
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Bill Bragin: Moses Sumney's Grae is the album from the past year or two I've probably listened to the most. His orchestral art-pop arrangements have intrigued me so much this year. I totally find the song “Cut Me” uplifting, in a very complex way. "When I'm weary / And so worn out / Ooh, when my mind's clouded and filled with doubt / That's when I feel the most alive / Masochistic kisses are how I thrive." Does that count as celebratory?
Excerpt from a profile by Rawiya Kameir in Pitchfork:
“For my job, I am tasked with really knowing a lot about myself and having to communicate that constantly,” [Moses Sumney] says.
That introspection is on full display on græ, an album whose title acts as a one-word summary. His interpretation of greyness is not just the kind of cloudiness that sometimes marks his temperament, but the kind that rejects binaries, that asserts that life is not lived in blacks or whites but in the gloriously complex in-betweens. The album is sprawling and yet tight, dense but accessible, an elevated version of the things that have become his signatures in recent years: artful lyricism, conceptual depth, playful vocals and melodies, unexpected sweeps of soundscape. Throughout græ, Moses depicts a world where intimacy offers both sustenance and suffering.