Moses Sumney Announces Live Album ‘Live From Blackalachia’ + Performance Film

Today, Moses Sumney announces his new album Live from Blackalachia, which will arrive with its conceptual film counterpart Blackalachia, due out December 10th, and shares the lead single “Bystanders (in space).” The first offering from the performance film and album is a one-take performance, recorded outside on the top of a mountain in Western North Carolina, submerged in the depths of a lonesome starry night. Live from Blackalachia contains re-imagined, dynamic band arrangements of songs from Moses’ first two albums and was recorded in the Blue Ridge Mountains in the summer of 2020, on a stage built on a hill nestled within a 72-acre ranch.

In January 2020, Moses Sumney and his band gathered in Western North Carolina to design festival-ready versions of songs from Aromanticism and græ. After the world shut down and tour was canceled, Moses decided to share the show, but in a new way. Not just a live stream or recording but via a concert film. To make the vision come to life, in the summer of 2020, the band reconvened in Asheville and designed the show for Blackalachia. Moses directed the conceptual concert film himself.

Moses’ words on the creation of the Blackalachia projects:

“In early 2020, my band and I gathered in my home in Western North Carolina, living and breathing together, re-arranging songs from my first 2 albums into a live odyssey. As the year unfurled and the international tour was wiped off the cosmic schedule, I realized there should be some kind of record, a copper snapshot of those musical arrangements and the turmoil and beauty of that year. So we took to the Appalachian mountains and filmed and recorded Live From Blackalachia.

The band congregated in the heat of a lulled summer, with a mere 10 days to learn and re-learn the music. Drums, keys, guitars, double bass, violin, saxophones, trombone. Bees, birds, squirrels, crickets, frogs. Over the course of two days, we filmed 14 songs, totally live, the trees as our audience, the grasshoppers our background singers.

Live from Blackalachia is a wild imagining of what can happen when we seek not just to reclaim nature, but to re-integrate with it.”

Live from Blackalachia and the Blackalachia film arrive on the heels of the launch of Moses’ creative label Tuntum. Tuntum is a recording label, production company, and creative agency based in Asheville, NC. It was founded with the intention of providing an umbrella under which the diverse array of creative projects Moses and other artists work on — music, film, visual, and experiential — can be housed.