Moses Sumney and Jonah Mutono on Inhabiting the Space Between

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KEXP's Sound & Vision talks to Moses Sumney and Jonah Mutono about their new albums and their experiences living in different countries throughout their childhoods.
photo of sumney by Alexander Black // of mutono by Forest Aragon

Moses Sumney is out with the second part of his album, græ. Sumney, a Ghanaian American, was born in Southern California but spent portions of his childhood in Ghana. He spent the early half of his career in Los Angeles before moving to quiet solitude in Asheville, North Carolina. With different experiences and lives lived across the world, he is not a product of any of these places, but instead a product of a space not bound by geography. Like Sumney, græ doesn’t come from a clear musical lineage or space, rather it explores the multiplicity of feelings and influences one can have. græ is a rejection of black and white thinking and instead, a look at the spaces between. 

“It’s essentially all about greyness, about the in between or marginal identity, and not living on either side of an extreme,” Sumney says.

We also hear from Jonah Mutono about his new record, GERG. Like Sumney, Mutono has lived in a lot of places in his life, including the UK, Uganda, and the US all before graduating high school. Mutono now lives in California and has released an album under his full name, after previously releasing music under the alias, Kidepo. This album explores his journey through immigration and his sexual identity.

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