Moses Sumney's Aromanticism was one of 2017's most unique debuts. The album is a celebratory exultation of aloneness, communicated through layered, careful musicianship. And now, in a half-hour session via KEXP, it's given new life as a living, breathing thing.
Moving through a set made up of "Don't Bother Calling," "Quarrel," "Indulge Me," "Doomed," and "Plastic," all taken from Aromanticism, Sumney endows the tracks with even more of a tangible sensitivity than they have on record, the spaces in which he takes breath saying just as much as the lyrics.
The performance is split in the middle by a short interview with KEXP host Cheryl Waters, who asks Sumney about his use of the term 'aromanticism' on the album. Sumney responds: "I was interested in exploring love in a way that was different than what we're familiar with. Not so much 'anti-love songs,' but really kind of questioning love as a social practice." His approach to his subject matter is one that's fairly new – particularly soul and R&B, which are traditionally love-centric genres – but shows that moving across unchartered concepts can make for work which surprises and brings comfort at the same time. That combination is displayed at its best here.Follow Noisey on Twitter.