True talent is timeless. Moses Sumney has captivated this music head for nearly a year with zero music. Zero vinyl, zero CDs, zero tapes, zero digital, nothing.
Through inspired live sets (where you can find him looping his own vocals and instruments for accompaniment) and one performance video that is simply brilliant, Moses made it clear he did not come to fit in. Now, finally, a five-song EP surfaces to crystallize the promise.
Mid-City Island is a collection barely over 15 minutes in length. "Man On The Moon" is the only cut that had previously been shared, and the rest of the EP only shows the genre-defying range this self-taught maverick has in him.
"Plastic" touches me most. Soft and sparse, the song clings to you. His vocals are deliberate and vulnerable, something reminds me of Nina Simone.
It is an invogirating reminder that for all the influence and mis-information of today's far-reaching hype machines, someone like Moses Sumney can never be fabricated. Soul-lifting creation needs nothing but a spark, and an ear to catch it.