Moses Sumney sings the Olympic Hymn in new release, ‘Monumental’

Released in collaboration with designer Thom Browne

Moses Sumney has shared his rendition of the Olympic Hymn in a new release titled ‘Monumental’.

The track and self-directed music video were shared as part of a collaboration with designer Thom Browne’s SS21 collection. In the video, the singer stands atop a podium, resembling a classical statue or monument.

Sumney sings the English translation of the hymn, which was originally composed by Spyridon Samaras with lyrics by poet Kostis Palamas.

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Watch the video for ‘Monumental’ below:

In a statement, Sumney said the new clip arrives when racial justice movements are tearing down statues depicting icons of white supremacy.

“What does it mean to pose statuesque on top of a marble podium, at a time when statues across the world—long-standing symbols of white supremacy—are literally being toppled?” he said.

“What does it mean to appropriate the Greco-Roman statue, a long-standing placeholder of white male virility and beauty, and replace it with my Black body? A body that has historically been disregarded as far less beautiful and in more recent years, objectified? What does it mean to objectify myself?”

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Sumney released his double album, ‘græ’, in two parts in February and May. Upon its full release, NME gave the record a four-star review, calling it an “intimate, soul-searching record, which veers from jazz to art-pop, the form matching the message that life contains multitudes”.

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