Moses Sumney first caught my attention last summer with this incredible cover of the American avant-garde mainstay Laurie Anderson’s “O Superman.” Having toured with the likes of Sufjan Stevens, Sumney is clearly catching the attention of the right people. His latest single, “Lonely World,” only confirms this with its stunning list of contributors: Thundercat on bass, Tosin Abasi on guitar, and Son Lux collaborator Ian Chang on drums.
Perhaps the most impressive part of “Lonely World” is the ease with which Sumney reigns in the overwhelming amount of talent at his disposal. Thundercat’s signature bass arpeggios are unmistakable while, as the track builds, Chang’s drums gradually become more frantic and overpowering. Despite this, Sumney undeniably makes the track his as his voice moves back and forth between atmospheric background and haunting foreground.