Listen: Moses Sumney – “Indulge Me”
The song starts with the chorus and only has one verse. Despite this apparent simplicity, the song makes you feel as though you’ve been dipped in some distant ocean and brought back up on the other side of the world. In the single verse, Sumney melds a kind of mythological nostalgia with a sense of isolation, all within the confines of a tiny sonic world.
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
We imagine Sumney alone: untroubled, untethered, and lost. The chorus is the simple refrain:
In the repetition of these words, Sumney allows a kind of space, one that feels like a wave washing back and forth. Who he wants to indulge him is unclear – something that makes the song all the more elusive. His delivery is painstaking, moments of Prince and David Bowie slipping in and out of his lithe falsetto. In the span of three minutes, Sumney is able to create a sound that is vast and deep in its simplicity. This is the stunning ability of the multi-instrumentalist and singer. In his quietest moments, he pulls the listener in closely; in his most jubilant, he does the same. It takes a certain kind of musician to achieve this level of intimacy, and Moses Sumney is it.
Watch for his upcoming album Aromanticism, out September 22.
:: stream “Indulge Me” here ::
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