Moses Sumney Announces ‘Black in Deep Red, 2014’ EP, Shares Lead Single “Rank & File”

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Yesterday afternoon, Moses Sumney tweeted out a 3D motion army man video teaser along with the caption “New music — Tomorrow“. As promised, he has now released a military chant-themed track titled “Rank & File.” Centered on the racism-rooted, police murders of Black people, the song was inspired by the jury verdict and ruling on the tragic murder of Mike Brown. Fiery lyrics challenge the thoughtlessness of officer action in a lyrical exposé on cops’ blatant “to protect and serve” neglect. “…Say protect and serve us/ But murder’s not service/ Now i don’t care what i’ve been told (Hey, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6)/ To kill so quick is animal (Hey, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6)/ Now i don’t care what they might say (Hey, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6)/ It’s gon’ come back around one day…” he sings between protest soundbites of chants and questions for community “authorities.” Later in the track, he introduces one of the most powerful lines of the song, calmly singing, “If we make you nervous, what is your purpose?

Although, “Rank & File” has been sung live as a part of Sumneys various concert sets over the years, it should be noted that the studio version has dropped marking the 4th anniversary of Mike Brown’s death. Tragically, the track is still relevant to the state of the US today. “Rank & File” is the first single for Sumney’s forthcoming EP, Black in Deep Red, 2014.

Listen to “Rank & File” below.

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