Moses Sumney Pens “Prose-Poem” Essay About The Concept Behind Aromanticism

“I’m just trying to get it out from over the squiggly red line.”

Photographer Nina Manandhar
Moses Sumney Pens “Prose-Poem” Essay About The Concept Behind <i>Aromanticism</i>

Earlier this month, Moses Sumney opened up to The FADER about the journey that lead to the creation of his long-awaited debut album Aromanticism. In the interview, he explained how the title came from a term he discovered online back in 2014. Today, the R&B artist wrote a "prose-poem" post on his Tumblr to further elaborate on the significance of the word and how it defines his upcoming project.

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"Aromanticism is a concept album about lovelessness as a sonic dreamscape," he states. "It seeks to interrogate the idea that romance is normative and necessary."

Moses goes on to label his new material as "process music." He describes this as "the 2am sweat you wake up in, processing that lonesomeness might not just be a transitory hallway you’re passing through en route to inevitable partnership. It’s recognizing statelessness as stasis." He adds, "It’s admitting that you still desperately crave affection, even if you’re not fully capable of returning it."

From there, Moses concludes that an "aromantic" is "someone who doesn’t experience romantic love, or does to a diminished, abnormal degree." With the release of this body of work, he hopes to raise awareness about these types of individuals. "I’m just trying to get it out from over the squiggly red line," he says.

Aromanticism is out on September 22 via Jagjaguwar. Read Moses' entire blog post here.

Moses Sumney Pens “Prose-Poem” Essay About The Concept Behind Aromanticism