Moses Sumney announces album “Live From Blackalachia” with new single / video “Bystanders (In Space)”

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Moses Sumney has revealed plans for his next project which will include not only a new album but a concept film alongside it, the first look at both coming in the form of the single “Bystanders (In Space).” The new release is a rework of a song from Sumney’s sophomore album Græ, where the original capitalizes on his knack for creating sonorous, colossal-sized soundscapes. “Bystanders (In Space)” still plays host to Sumney’s incredible vocal talents, but as the title suggests, it launches his incandescent croon into the furthest reaches of the cosmos and emerges as a dreamy and captivating rendition. 

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The music video that accompanies the song, directed by Sumney with cinematography by Cristina Dunlap, is equally stunning and will feature in the film that will be released alongside the album. Shot in one take, the video offers a rotating scene of Sumney singing against the otherworldly and incredibly beautiful backdrop of a starry night sky atop a mountain in Western North Carolina.

Live From Blackalachia features reworks of a number of songs off Sumney’s first two albums, recorded as they are on a stage built within a 72-acre ranch in the Blue Ridge Mountains. It was there he and his band met to develop his songs into festival-ready compositions — but the onset of the pandemic ended those plans. Forced to reimagine the purpose of the gathering, Sumney opted to share his live show not via live stream as so many have, but through a concert film. 

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Watch the video for Moses Sumney’s new single “Bystanders (In Space)” below!

Moses Sumney’s new album Live From Blackalachia and film Blackalachia are both out December 10, pre-order it here. Visit it Sumney’s website and Instagram to stay updated on new releases and tour announcements.

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