If you don’t know of this folk-soul singer and songwriter, Chale, soon come. The indie musician who’s shared stages with Beck, Karen O., Solange and King has swiftly become one of the artists to watch for in 2015.
Now based in Los Angeles, Moses Sumney grew up in the church (his parents are traveling ministers from Gyakiti in the Volta Region). In some ways, he’s also an Accra boy – schooling at St. Paul’s Lutheran School in Kanda, Green Hill Academy and Armed Forces Tech SS – when his family relocated to La Paz for much of his teenage years.
In song, Moses’ command is light and heavy at the same time. Chocolate drop melodies slip from vocal chords and guitar strings that are, at the base, simple, startling and wise.
But don’t take our word for it. Check out the sweet underbelly tune “Plastic” or the scratchy lace enchantment that is “Mumblin’ on Mid-City Island, the four-track EP released 10 months ago.
See Moses Sumney and his loop pedal in “Replaceable”:
Recently, Moses also tore up the popular SoFar show in New York City with “Plastic”:
For more on Moses, peep this revealing interview with Taiye Selasi for Saint Heron Records.