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Moses Sumney – “Rank & File”

moses sumney - "rank & file"
INDIO, CA - APRIL 13: Moses Sumney performs onstage during the 2018 Coachella Valley Music And Arts Festival at the Empire Polo Field on April 13, 2018 in Indio, California. (Photo by Rich Fury/Getty Images for Coachella)

Moses Sumney has a new EP coming out next week, entitled Black in Deep Red, 2014, and today he released one of its tracks, called “Rank & File.” It’s a bit of jazzy controlled chaos that sees the artist making social commentary about the nature of being a follower in social situations.

The record holds a special weight after Sumney canceled an appearance at the Montreal Jazz Festival due to their decision to run a play that was criticized as racist. The fest ultimately canceled the play after Sumney’s protest, and on “Rank & File,” he seems to be capturing that spirit of free expression and defiance. Listen below.