Following the splendid “Man on the Moon”, Moses Sumney shares his Mid City Island EP, a lo-fi collection of songs recorded in his bedroom on cassette tape and an ’80s 4-track recorder. Its a lovely combination of folk and soul that sees Sumney experimenting with different sounds. The musician explained the concept behind the project, saying:
“I started making “Mid-City Island” in the fall, after a producer friend lent me an ’80s 4-track recorder and suggested I try recording myself before going into proper studio sessions. It was my first time recording myself, capturing songs immediately to cassette tape as I was writing them. I belatedly decided it would be cool to share these ideas in their infancy so you can trace their development over time.
This project for me is about learning how to let go and share ideas that are raw, simple, and unfiltered. A lot of the parts are thus one-take and improvised. “Mumblin’,” which I recorded with my loop pedal connected to the tape machine, is completely made up on the spot and was only done once.
There’s a requisite honesty that comes with bedroom recordings. Thematically, the songs center around living alone in the middle of a big city like Los Angeles, finding the balance between isolation and over stimulation.”
“Mid-City Island ” EP is available digitally and on cassette!