Genre-defying artist Moses Sumney announced his much-anticipated sophomore album, double LP græ, back in mid-November 2019, revealing that it would be released by Jagjaguwar Records in two parts, with the first arriving sometime in February and the rest to follow on May 15. Today (Feb. 7) brings an exact date for græ Part 1—Feb. 21, just two Fridays away—as well as the latest single from the album, “Cut Me.”
Sumney’s new song, a characteristically shape-shifting blend of lush neo-soul, avant-garde art-pop and the utterly indefinable, is the third official single from his forthcoming double album, following lead single “Virile,” second single “Polly” and the live track “Conveyor,” which Sumney debuted during a Moog Sound Lab session earlier this week.
Sumney has also announced a residency/installation at the Bootleg Theater in Los Angeles, set to run from mid-February through early March—the liminal space between his forthcoming album’s parts. A press release explains:
The residency finds Moses returning to the venue where his career as a live performer began 6 years ago to examine the concept of græ—the spectrum of greyness in regard to color, displacement, interstitial space, and marginal identity. Between the hours of 12 and 5PM on Monday through Saturday from February 13th through March 4th, fans will be able to enter the Bootleg Theater where græ will be playing in immersive, 3D Audio via Amazon Music HD on an Echo Studio. The space will aim to create community and conversation among those representations of græ-ness. Throughout the course of the residency there will be weekly free live performances by Moses Sumney every Wednesday night, starting on February 12th into the first week of March.
Said release goes on to describe græ as “an assertion that the undefinable still exists and dwelling in it is an act of resistance,” and that act is exactly what Sumney aims to inspire with his residency. The entire album rollout appears calibrated to blur the boundaries that regulate your average album rollout—it’s Sumney’s expansive, innovative approach to music, spilling over into the way that music is shared with the world.
Listen to “Cut Me” below and revisit the details of græ here. Paste recently named the album one of our most-anticipated of the year, not to mention the month of February.