The Ghana-born, L.A.-based Moses Sumney has released a second track from his first full-length record, Aromanticism, featuring a stellar line-up and stunning, soulful meditations.
"Quarrel" starts with a slow burn — just vocals over downtempo electronics and acoustics. "He who asks for much / has much to give," Sumney opens. "I don't ask for much / just enough to live," he continues, and a fluttering harp wanders in, punctuating his lyrics. Sumney tells NPR, after seeing harpist Brandee Youngeron YouTube, he "flew to Harlem last summer just to record her."
"Quarrel" is just as thematically complex as it is musically, touching themes of isolation and pent-up anguish: "Don't call it a lover's quarrel," Sumney dares, "We cannot be lovers / 'Cause I'm the other." The accompanying visuals, done by Sam Cannon, feature a rose trapped in amber. Sumney explains that he wanted something that was simultaneously romantic and a send-up to romanticism— the rose is "preserved against its will, but still manages to decay."
He who asks for much Has much to give I don’t ask for much Just enough to live But in the light Morning will reveal the spoils of night Through the walls of Jericho Lies a heart of stone
With you half the battle Is proving that we’re at war I would give my life just for the privilege to ignore
Don’t call it a Lovers’ Quarrel
To whom much is given Much is required Luxurious liver You never inquire
It ain't right, you see Who is your family? If I dont have tools to fight Calling this a quarrel isn’t right
Quoting this a quarrel So immorally implies We’re equal opponents And we both antagonize
Don’t call it a Lovers’ Quarrel Don’t call it a Lovers’ Quarrel
We cannot be lovers Cuz I am the other We cannot be lovers Long as I’m the other
Produced by Ahmad Jamal, Catherine Vallon-Barry & Seydou Barry Recorded in July 2016 by Vincent Mahey, studio Sextan, Malakoff, France Mixed in August 2016 by Vincent Mahey, Studio Sextan, Malakoff, France Mastered in January 2017 by Raphaël Jonin, J RAPH i.n.g, Cordes-sur-Ciel, France Executive Producers : Seydou Barry / Jazzbook Records and Pascal Bussy
David Bowie - Oh, You Pretty Things. Live from the BBC, 1972
Wake up you sleepy head Put on some clothes, get out of bed Put another log on the fire for me I've made some breakfast and coffee Look out my window and what do I see A crack in the sky and a hand reaching down to me All the nightmares came today And it looks as though they're here to stay
What are we coming to No room for me, no fun for you I think about a world to come Where the books were found by the Golden ones Written in pain, written in awe By a puzzled man who questioned What we came here for All the strangers came today And it looks as though they're here to stay
Oh You Pretty Things Don't you know you're driving your Mamas and Papas insane Oh You Pretty Things Don't you know you're driving your Mamas and Papas insane Let me make it plain You gotta make way for the Homo Superior
Look at your children See their faces in golden rays Don't kid yourself they belong to you They're the start of a coming race The earth is a bitch We've finished our news Homo Sapiens have outgrown their use All the strangers came today And it looks as though they're here to stay
Oh You Pretty Things Don't you know you're driving your Mamas and Papas insane Oh You Pretty Things Don't you know you're driving your Mamas and Papas insane Let me say it again You gotta make way for the Homo Superior
In my first episode of Earworm, I speak with Warren Lain. He's a Radiohead fan who also happens to be an incredibly talented musician and music teacher. In December 2016 he uploaded a 38 minute video to YouTube about a Radiohead song that I deeply love, "Videotape." He had been thinking about the music theory behind this seemingly simple song for the better part of a decade. The reason? “Videotape”, a slow rhythmically monotonous song, is actually syncopated. I’m joined also by Erin Barra, a professor at Berklee College of Music, who helped Warren and I explain this musical illusion.
The ways in which Radiohead's music has challenged me as a musician and songwriter are unspeakable, but I try my best to put it in words in this video about this deeply embedded musical idea hiding in plain sight (hearing): hidden syncopation.
This is a subject worth many more videos and words, but for now, to view it through the lens of "Videotape" I hope excites and motivates you to get out there and really study and make more music.
Father John Misty - Things It Would Have Been Helpful To Know Before The Revolution
VIDEO CREDITS Director: Chris Hopewell Video Production House: Jacknife Films Video Producer: Rosie Lea Brind Editor: Tom Weller Director of Photography: Jon Davey Art Direction: Chris Hopewell Key Animators: Roos Mattaar, Cadi Catlow, Virpi Kettu, Louis McNamara Art Department: Chris Hopewell, Rosie Lea Brind, Bonnie Griffin, Jo Garland, Siobhan Raw, Rebecca Prior, Elaine Andrew, Lucy Roberts, Mary Murphy, Alison Garner, Zoe Veness, Andy Stewart and Louis McNamara Edit/Grade: Tom Weller Digital compositing: Jon Davey and Tom Weller at Jacknife and Bill Pollock at Bonch Director’s Manager/Rep: Molly Bohas
It got too hot And so we overthrew the system ‘Cause there’s no place for human existence like right here On this bright blue marble Orbited by trash Man, there’s no beating that It was no big thing to give up the way of life we had
My social life Is now quite a bit less hectic The nightlife and the protests are pretty scarce Now I mostly spend the long days Walking through the city Empty as a tomb Sometimes I miss the top of the food chain But what a perfect afternoon
Industry and commerce toppled to their knees The gears of progress halted The underclass set free The super-ego shattered with our ideologies The obscene injunction to enjoy life Disappears as in a dream And as we return to out native state To our primal scene The temperature, it started dropping And the ice floes began to freeze
From time to time We all get a bit restless With no one advertising to us constantly But the tribe at the former airport Some nights has meat and dancing If you don't mind gathering and hunting We’re all still pretty good at eating on the run Things it would have been helpful to know before the revolution
Though I’ll admit Some degree of resentment For the sudden lack of convenience around here There are some visionaries among us Developing some products To aid us in our struggle to survive