Most Intimate Set: Moses Sumney
Establishing a sense of intimacy is difficult within any festival setting, but Moses Sumney's neo-jazz and soul-inspired atmospheric sounds hypnotized audience members – and signaled raucous onlookers to put up, or shut up. Grasping the harmonic capabilities and limitations of the body was the through line of Sumney's set. Sumney's versatile live band spotlighted classical instruments such as the violin and clarinet, and Sumney illustrated the body's percussive capabilities via loop pedal, hitting his microphone, clapping, and snapping to form his own live backing track. He ended the afternoon set with "Plastic," singing solo with his electric guitar. "My wings are made of plastic," he sang in his delicate falsetto, reckoning with his own fragility onstage and sharing a quietly fervid connection with his fans. N.B.