Official Video for “Virile” by Moses Sumney from the forthcoming double album græ, out on Jagjaguwar in 2020.
Directed by Moses Sumney Cinematography: Corey C. Waters Choreography: Moses Sumney & Chris Emile Producer: Whitney Jackson Wardrobe Stylist: Moses Sumney Editor: Niles Howard Colorist: Kaitlyn Battistelli at Ethos Studio Production Designer: John Richoux Art Director: Gunnar Deathridge
Set Decorator: Leah Bychurch Prop Master: Mason Reynolds Production Supervisor: Meredith Kurey Steadicam: Nick Muller 1st AC: Seth Lawrence Drone Pilot: Michael Izquierdo Drone Cam Op: Caleb Descognets Gaffer: Jay Harmon BBE: Khashi Tahamtan Key Grip: Jon Brooker BBG: Eric Sanchez Lady Bugs: Bob Dunn's Animal Services vfx: Gloria Additional Compositing: Eric Epstein
Indulge me All my old lovers have found others I was lost in the rapture Dead sea as barren as a stutter And colored laughter I don’t trouble nobody Nobody troubles my body after All my old others have found lovers
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
Director - Allie Avital Cinematographer - Ryan Hope Production Company - Partizan Executive Producer - Laura Jones Senior Producer - Whitney Jackson Producer - Jade Forté Production Designer - Victoria Foraker Gaffer - Chris Tonkovich Key Grip - Alex Emmons Editor - Jake Schwartz Colorist - Nick Metcalf / The Mill VFX - B.ART VFX Studio