Moses Sumney
Aromanticism


4.5
superb

Review

by ramon. CONTRIBUTOR (48 Reviews)
December 21st, 2017 | 17 replies


Release Date: 2017 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Comfort, his discomfort.

The demon Acedia only spared some. Primed in the shadows, awaiting for just a moment’s questioning, it’d seek to kill the soul via apathy. While few were hidden from its eye, the holy men of the day were of particular value; their incessant meditation and pursuit of purpose was fertile ground for the hevy, thoughtful and wrawe husks such indolent spirit was capable of producing. Moses Sumney isn’t necessarily apathetic. If anything, Aromanticism is a caution of a newer demon. One that runs rampant in a culture of transience. The demon Desire spares none. Hidden within layered textures and fractured croons lies a restless soul, bloodied from the contempt of content. In astonishing clarity, Moses Sumney lays himself bare; the soul-tinged folk ballads serve only to bolster a message already brimming with intricacies. Comfort, his discomfort.

”I would give my life just for the privilege to ignore.”

In almost stark contrast to the conflict plaguing his lyricism, Sumney’s sonic creation is uncomfortably lucid. Somehow, irrespective of the persistent choral flair throughout, Aromanticism’s harmonic tendencies only emphasize the loneliness he almost embellishes. His delicate falsetto on the verge of falling apart in “Indulge Me” stands appropriately solitude as he sings ”all my old lovers have found others / I was lost in the rapture”, aided by nothing more than some simple strumming on an acoustic guitar. And yet, the warmer follow-up line, ”dead sea as barren as a stutter and colored laughter”, manages to feel noticeably more isolating as he harmonizes with himself.

”Will I die for living numb..."

It isn’t without its sheen and fireworks but Aromanticism doesn’t seem concerned with how it looks, even if it rarely strays from beautiful euphony. On will, Sumney alternates between achingly torn and precise. There is disparate talent backing his story but it’s almost an aside. Living in loveless solidarity, and the persistent battle to be honest with his human wants and needs is what keeps this record afloat. It isn’t an enticing or attractive perspective; current culture’s infatuation with infatuation has no space for those who pursue isolation as a viable option. And even if the only thing Sumney ever achieved with Aromanticism was making these introspections understood to even a few people, I’d like to think he succeeded.



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ramon.
Contributing Reviewer
December 21st 2017


3065 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

this review was an excuse to have a thread for this wonderful album

https://mosessumney.bandcamp.com/album/aromanticism

inb4 "u thesaurus-having wank-mongrel", i dont know what these words mean either

danielcardoso
December 21st 2017


11770 Comments


Oh yeah this one is amazing.

BlushfulHippocrene
Staff Reviewer
December 21st 2017


2908 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

A good excuse, I imagine, but the review was amazing; will check the album soon.

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verdant
Staff Reviewer
December 21st 2017


2410 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

my infatuation with infatuation with infatuation with this review



beautiful, like moses' falsetto

Dedes
December 21st 2017


6475 Comments


Man this review fucking SUCKS here's a mind pos
Keep on reviewing I love you

BlackwaterPork
December 21st 2017


4390 Comments


Excellent review mate

Voivod
Staff Reviewer
December 21st 2017


8340 Comments


Just saw this reviewed in an Hellenic site

http://www.mic.gr/record-review/moses-sumney-aromantiscism

Gonna listen

Chortles
December 21st 2017


21385 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

nice words here

verdant
Staff Reviewer
December 21st 2017


2410 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

did you even read this one sach? or is that an ill-conceived joke/burn?

either way please stop

verdant
Staff Reviewer
December 21st 2017


2410 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

nice dude i care approximately 0%

tcat84
December 21st 2017


1252 Comments


I dig this album.

Self Help tape it sounds like he's saying:

"meee ow ow ow, meeeeeowwww" Can't unhear

ScuroFantasma
Staff Reviewer
December 22nd 2017


11705 Comments


Great review man, this one flows really well

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AlexTM510
December 22nd 2017


1457 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Great review, this record has been incredible therapeutic.

danielcardoso
August 10th 2018


11770 Comments


One of my favorites from last year.

New EP is out.

dmathias52
June 3rd 2019


567 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Incredible album, really under appreciated on this site. Think he’s supposed to have a new one out this year! That combined with working with Bon Iver will hopefully raise his profile.

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BlushfulHippocrene
Staff Reviewer
June 3rd 2019


2908 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

I regret not having seen him live. Excited for a new album if does come out soon.

dmathias52
June 3rd 2019


567 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

He's supposed to have an incredibly unique live show. Sufjan with him would have been beautiful to see.



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