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Quarrel

From NPR:

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."

The track quickly wells into a complex polyphony. Sumney's long-time collaborator, Thundercat, appears on bass, and Jamire Williams (Miguel Atwood-Ferguson Ensemble) joins on drums to lay down a constantly changing R&B groove. Paris Strother (KING trio) flips between flickering, piercing synth lines and jazz-flaired piano solos, and Cam O'bi (known for his work with Chance the RapperNonameVic Mensa) partners with Joshua Willing Halpern (Beck) to produce the track.

"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