Moses Sumney - Aromanticism
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Based on 14 reviews
2017 Ratings: #113 / 712
Year End Rank: #26
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Based on 234 ratings
2017 Ratings: #54
September 22, 2017 / Release Date
LP / Format
Jagjaguwar / Label
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Consequence of Sound

Like a hyper-layered painting that’s simultaneously subdued or a thin piece of literature whose words puncture your heart, Aromanticism overwhelms with its ability to put weary emotions into words and then wring emotion from them once again.

The 405

Aromanticism is an album that is heartfelt and heartbreaking, and, from the opening chorals to the closing moments of ‘Self Help Tape’, is an album like no other.


Aromanticism’s quietude and calm sensitivity deliver a musical detoxification from the exhausting stream of information that now constitutes a normal day of news.

Northern Transmissions

Aromanticism is the realisation of a promising talent that manages to make a meaningful statement on love, both romantic and platonic.


With Aromanticism, Moses Sumney creates a harmonious world in which he speaks from a position that isn't often recognized. Sumney approaches the complexities of relationships, power structures and an inability to experience romantic love with a quiet, powerful confidence.

Under The Radar

Throughout, Sumney's gifted voice is a constant source of fascination and pushes the beauty of Aromanticism to triumphant heights.

The Guardian
On a concept album about lovelessness, he creates a cavernous feeling of loneliness using soundscapes similar to those Nigel Godrich explores.
Some may argue that ‘Aromanticism’ is style over substance, certainly his sentiments run the risk of evading the listening, such is the beauty of the dreamscape he weaves. Yet as you revisit the record, the case for being ‘aromantic’, has never sounded so fully realised, so complete and so utterly inviting.
The Observer

The choirboy turned soul singer rejects coupledom on his gorgeous, genre-spurning debut.

Loud and Quiet
Moses Sumney’s debut album for Jagjaguwar comes as close to capturing the transient, longing liminality that is the experience of looking for love in the twenty-first century as anything I’ve ever heard.
Crack Magazine

As such, Aromanticism is a pensive journey through dreamlands but also incredibly candid.

The Line of Best Fit

Bereft of any shine or polish, Aromanticism is a piercing debut collection of songs of remarkable intensity.

No Ripcord

Aromanticism is downright beautiful but is also too enamored with its sensual aura, which sometimes exposes his uneven vocal acrobatics. Still, it’s a revealing first taste from an artist who’s been hiding his innate talent for far too long.

Sep 3, 2017*
I feel this will be the R&B AOTY.

Feb 26, 2018*
Damn, this is really an enchanting and beautiful neo-soul record.
Jan 21, 2018
Finally created the time to listen to this album with all my focus.

For me it exceeds the quality of any of the modern minimalist vocal-based albums I have heard.

It seems the lyrical theme is a direct articulation of his experiences with lonesomeness and confusion in love and in life, and I feel my listening experience was similar to that of a visual art exhibition (walking round and seeing how each piece of art (songs) related to the overall concept).

The song structures feel ... read more
Oct 1, 2017
I enjoyed this a lot, I think Moses does a great job of effectively capturing a really potent sense of loneliness & isolation, not just through the sound of his music but through his lyrics too. I liked how deceptively quiet the production was here as well, the album kept a very low, minimal tone throughout it's entire runtime but there were a lot of subtle nuances, progressions and details that I enjoyed picking up on with multiple listens. I do think it is being a little overrated by some ... read more
Sep 26, 2017
beautiful, other-worldly electro-folk that comes across as something far more sure of itself than a typical debut album - one of the top 10 albums of 2017
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Track List

  1. Man on the Moon (Reprise)
  2. Don't Bother Calling
  3. Plastic
  4. Quarrel
  5. Stoicism
  6. Lonely World
  7. Make Out in My Car
  8. The Cocoon-Eyed Baby
  9. Doomed
  10. Indulge Me
  11. Self-Help Tape
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Added on: July 10, 2017