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Virile

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

Special Thanks: Vinson Fraley Jr., Allie Avital

Rank & File

Moses Sumney - Rank & File

 

[intro: They in soldier mode, they in toy soldier mode right now. They can't move they hands off they sticks. Cuz they a buncha cowards]

 

[Verse 1]

Watch them assemble

Looking for trouble

March in formation

March for our nation

 

Now I don't care what i've been told (Hey, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6)

This police state is much cold (Hey, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6)

Cut from crooked cloth and mold (Hey, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6)

This police state is much too old (Hey, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6)

 

[Chorus]

Puppets, erect

With batteries set

They charge for a while

And fall right into rank and file

When they forget

That we cut the checks

They get really riled

And fall right into rank and file

 

Fall right into rank and file

 

(I’m payin’ you to harass me?)

 

[Verse 2]

Now watch how they tremble

Without credential

Orders they follow

Skin deep and hollow

Their governing master

To their hip is plastered

Say protect and serve us

But murder's not service

 

Now i don't care what i've been told (Hey, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6)

To kill so quick is animal (Hey, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6)

Now i don't care what they might say (Hey, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6)

It's gon' come back around one day (Hey, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6)

 

[Chorus]

Puppets, erect

With batteries set

They charge for a while

And fall right into rank and file

When they forget

That we cut the checks

They get really riled

And fall right into rank and file

 

Fall right into rank and file

 

[Bridge]

(That’s too much power)

 

[Verse 3]

If we make you nervous

What is your purpose

Worship your trigger

And ignore the figures

 

You're tumblin' into rank and file, and

Crumblin' into rank and file, and

Stumblin' into rank and file, and

Mumblin' into rank and file

You're humblin' into rank and file, and

Fumblin' into rank and file

You're tremblin' into rank and file

And fall right into rank and file

 

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Visual by Sam Cannon

Lonely World

Starring Sasha Lane
Directed by Allie Avital
Cinematography by Ryan Hope

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Lonely, lonely, lonely, lonely, lonely world
Casts a shadow on the shallow love it hurls
To the feet of swine it need not cast its pearls
Lonely, lonely, lonely, lonely, lonely world

 

And the sound of the void
Flows through your body
Undestroyed
And the sound of your voice
Flows from your body
White as noise

 

And the void speaks to you
In ways nobody speaks to you
And that voice fills the air
Fog in the morning, going nowhere

 

Lonely, lonely, lonely face under a veil
After all the laughter emptiness prevails
Born into this world with no consent or choice
Lonely lonely lonely lonely lonely lonely lonely lonely lonely…

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

Doomed

Moses Sumney - Doomed

 

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