This latest release follows May's Make Out in My Car: Chameleon Suite, which featured Sufjan Stevens, James Blake, and Alex Isley. The EP's title is inspired by a 1957 Mark Rothko painting by the same name.
Since emerging in 2014 with his self-released cassette EP, Mid-City Island, Sumney has ridden a wave of word-of-mouth praise. In 2017, the California and Ghana-raised troubadour widened his musical spectrum with his debut album Aromanticism, a concept record about lovelessness as a sonic dreamscape. Following the album's success, Sumney has brought the album to the masses in the form of sold out headline shows across North America and Europe, as well as a sold-out performance at the historic Sydney Opera House on the heels of performing at this year's Laneway Festival.
"Black in Deep Red, 2014 was ignited by the first and last time I attended a protest. It was in the fall of 2014, after a grand jury decided not to charge the offending officer in the Mike Brown murder, delivering the verdict just in time for them to get home for Thanksgiving.
"I felt like a camouflaged outsider at the protest, like an anthropologist performing a study amongst his own kind. I took to the mountains soon after that and wrote these songs, wondering if power was a transferable device that could change hands through the vocalizing of unrest." — Moses Sumney
Tracklisting—Black in Deep Red, 2014
03. Rank & File
Black in Deep Red, 2014 will land on August 10 via Jagjaguwar, with "Rank & File" streaming in full via the player below.