...it feels like græ is shaping up to be one of the most monumental albums released this year. It gracefully moves from classical-inspired chamber pop to militant art rock to shimmering jazz to acoustic singer/songwriter material and beyond, and Moses ties it all together with his soaring, often-falsetto voice that can rival anything from Frank Ocean's indie-soul croon to Thom Yorke's psychedelic mumble. And his lyrics can be poetic, personal, and political, and they're impactful whether he's being blunt or relying on imagery and metaphor. It's music that's impossible to pigeonhole into one style or mood, but it all flows together naturally and isn't just different for the sake of being different. It also feels easily like the best thing Moses has done yet.
Moses Sumney released part one of his highly anticipated double album græ last month and the rest arrives May 15 via Jagjaguwar (I wrote the above about part one in Notable Releases). But before part two comes out, Moses will perform the entire album at an intimate Brooklyn show on Monday (3/9) at Public Records (233 Butler St). It's free with RSVP but entry is first come, first served, so get there early. "This is one of those shows you’ll never experience again," the event description reads. Also, note: "This is a phone free event. Your phone will be checked upon entry and you will not be able to access the phone in the event space."