Moses Sumney broke into the Los Angeles music scene in 2014 after the release of his self-recorded EP “Mid-City Island.” The Ghanian-American singer-songwriter was approached by multiple record labels but ultimately turned them down to move to Asheville, North Carolina, where he could learn more about the type of artist he wanted to be. In 2017, he released his first full-length album titled “Aromanticism” to critical acclaim from Rolling Stone, The Guardian, and the New York Times—which also named it one of the best albums of the year. The album was followed by “grae” which touches on Moses’ resistance to record labels and his own defiance of expectation and genre. We collaborated with him in 2020 to create “Blackalachia,” a live performance in the form of an hour-long cinematic experience. The concert film, which was shot in the Appalachian Mountains, defies all expectations of a concert film—there is no audience or theater, only the vast accompaniment of Mother Nature.