THE TRACK IS CURRENTLY FEATURED ON AMAZON MUSIC'S HIGH END PLAYLIST
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Today, Moses Sumney shares a brand-new cover of Ariana Grande’s smash-hit “thank u, next.” Available only on Amazon Music, the track finds Sumney radically reimagining Grande’s breakup anthem, slowing down the song, spotlighting subtle melodies in the original’s composition while inventing elaborate new ones. The track can currently be heard on Amazon Music’s The High End playlist.
Listen to Moses Sumney’s “thank u, next (Amazon Original)” here:
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The cover comes after the release of Moses Sumney's newest album græ, out everywhere via Jagjaguwar Records. The album is a conceptual patchwork about greyness and expands upon the sonic universe built in Sumney's critically-acclaimed debut LP Aromanticism and subsequent EP Black In Deep Red, 2014. The album features collaborations with a diverse array of contributors and is Sumney's first work to be written in his new home of Asheville, North Carolina.
To celebrate the release of græ earlier this year, Amazon Music worked with Sumney to stage the græ installation at The Bootleg Theater in Los Angeles—the venue where Sumney began his career six years ago. Throughout the month-long installation, græ was looped in 3D Audio via Amazon Music HD in a space transformed to examine the concept of græ—the spectrum of greyness in regard to color, displacement, interstitial space, and marginal identity. A video created by Amazon Music of Sumney exploring the installation can be found here.
Amazon Music listeners can find Sumney’s cover of “thank u, next” on Amazon Music’s The High End playlist or customers can also simply ask, “Alexa, play the Amazon Original from Moses Sumney,” in the Amazon Music app for iOS and Android and on Alexa-enabled devices. In addition to the new track, Amazon Music listeners can access hundreds of Amazon Originals featuring both emerging and established artists across numerous genres, available to stream and purchase only on Amazon Music.
About Moses Sumney:
Moses Sumney evades definition as an act of duty: technicolor videos and monochrome clothes; Art Rock and Black Classical; blowing into Fashion Week from a small town in North Carolina; seemingly infinite collaborators, but only one staggering voice. A young life spent betwixt Southern California and Accra, Ghana - not so much rootless as an epyphite, an air plant. The scale is cinematic but the moves are precise deeds of art and stewardship. Sumney's new, generous double album, græ, is an assertion that the undefinable still exists and dwelling in it is an act of resistance.
There's probably a biblical analogy to be made about a person who just happens to be named Moses, who flees the binary, splits a massive body into two pieces, and leads us through the in-between - holy and wholly rebellious. By breaking up græ into two multifaceted, dynamic pieces, Sumney is quite literally creating a "grey" in-between space for listeners to absorb and consider the art. Not strictly singles, not strictly albums, never altogether songs or spoken word segments on their own. It's neither here nor there. "Neither/Nor," if you will.
February 21, 2020 & May 15, 2020
2. Cut Me
3. In Bloom
10. also also also and and and
13. Two Dogs
15. Me in 20 Years
16. Keeps Me Alive
17. Lucky Me
18. and so I come to isolation
19. Bless Me
20. before you go
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