Moses Sumney by Sam Cannon

Moses Sumney officially marks his return to music with the release of his new single “Vintage“. After taking time to make his film & TV acting debuts, “Vintage” is Moses’ first new original music since his 2020 album græ.

The self-directed music video for the song bears the hallmarks of his past directorial work – the distinctive lushness of his live concert film Blackalachia, the comedic surrealism of “Cut Me,” and the kinetic physicality of “Virile” (a standout from his second album græ).

In close collaboration with Moses and cinematographer Marcell Rév (Euphoria, Malcolm & Marie, Miley Cyrus’s “Flowers”), Kodak supported the music video with a yet-to-be-released and never-before-used motion picture stock, which is similar to a beloved professional still photography film.

Vintage” arrives on the heels of Moses’s feature on BTS member RM’s May album Right Place, Wrong Person. About the single, Moses says:

“‘Vintage’ is me sliding into the music I probably listen to most these days – progressive R&B. I crafted the video as a callback to the 90s/2000s clips of my childhood, when men weren’t afraid to beg and plead. I am once again begging to join the pantheon of great yearners: K-Ci & Jojo, Omarion, Ray J, Jodeci, Jagged Edge. Desire has always been at the core of my work; now the desire has a little shimmering shimmy to it.”

Later this Summer, Sumney will star in A24’s Ti West-directed MaXXXine alongside Mia Goth, Halsey, Kevin Bacon and more.

About Moses Sumney:

Moses Sumney evades definition as an act of duty: technicolor self-directed videos and monochrome clothes; Art Rock and Black Classical; blowing into Fashion Weeks from a small town in North Carolina; seemingly infinite collaborators, but one staggering voice.

Akin to his upbringing between Southern California and Ghana, his work migrates seamlessly through genre and disciplines. His albums have topped the critics’ lists of the New York Times, NPR, Pitchfork, the Guardian, and Rolling Stone; his music videos lauded by SXSW, the UKMVAs, the Webby and Camerimage awards.

When quarantine prohibited the touring of his 2nd album græ, Sumney took to the hills, directing the sprawling 2021 live album and film Blackalachia atop the Blue Ridge mountains. Here we see Sumney’s mastery of spectacle: shimmering vestments, angular choreography, songs performed acrobatically mid-air. That same year, he starred in his first major campaign for Calvin Klein; the next, Burberry.

Soon enough, the cinematic flair of his videos lead him to act in two A24 productions, the second of which is his film debut, premiering this summer. It is preceded by his first new musical offering since 2020 — a leveled-up, soulful EP of sensual songs that capture Sumney’s coy flirtation with the spotlight

Consistent across the worlds of music, fashion, and film is his assertion that the undefinable still exists and dwelling in it is an act of resistance.

“Vintage” single artwork


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