Moor Mother's Persistence Continues with Two New Singles
by Nick Schon; Editorial Assistant
To claim that Moor Mother, Philadelphia based experimental musician and poet is prolific, is to make an understatement. Besides releasing music regularly since the beginning of this decade, Moor Mother is also involved in multiple other projects spanning different types of musical and artistic platforms. To start, Ayewa is one half of both experimental hip-hop group 700 Bliss with DJ Haram, and Afrofuturistic creative collective Black Quantum Futurism with Rasheedah Phillips. Ayewa also performs as a vocalist in the free-jazz group Irreversible Entanglements, and co-founder of Rockers! Philly, an event hosting organization aiming to present artists belonging to marginalized demographics.
Ayewa, with activism across different platforms and consistent musical releases, is committed to displaying themes of intense political frustration, protest, and Afrofuturism. Her two most recent singles stand as examples of this persistence, portraying obvious discontent with current established systematic policies of oppression. Moor Mother’s single After Images is listed on Analog Fluids of Sonic Black Holes, a follow-up to her 2016 LP Fetish Bones. The second is System Error, a track on which Moor Mother is featured by experimental electronic duo Zonal. The two singles though on different albums, share many similarities.
Sonically, the two tracks are characteristic of Moor Mother’s style. Electronic based instrumentation blended with aspects of noise and heavy sampling shroud Ayewa’s unwaveringly aggressive speech. Sharing themes of disturbance through lines such as “5, 4, 3, 2, when they come for me they’re gonna come for you”, in After Images, and “We’re all forgotten. The system is rotten”, in System Error.
Behind the scenes, Moor Mother has been collaborating with legendary metal guitarist Justin K. Broadrick. Only a fraction of Broadrick’s catalog includes working amongst groups Napalm Death, Godflesh, and Techno Animal, meshing nicely with Moor Mother’s incorporation of noise, improvisation, darkness, and heaviness. Justin K. Broadrick’s most recent project Zonal, with Kevin Martin aka The Bug, is set to release their second full-length album, Wrecked, on October 25th. Wrecked will be Zonal’s only other full-length release since 2000 as well as being their Relapse Records debut. What is most exciting about this release, is that Moor Mother will be featured on the first half of the entire record, not just a few songs - introducing the album with her powerful vocals backed by the gritty production of Broadrick and Martin. Immersing the listener into the same frustration and protest that she translates through poetry and sound.
While Moor Mother is being featured on half of Zonal’s work, she is also creating an entire full-length record of her own. Titled Analog Fluid of Sonic Black Holes, the album features an array of other artists, importantly, Broadrick handling production of certain tracks. Other artists on the album include Philadelphia native and musical visionary King Britt as well as experimental musician and poet Saul Williams. Analog Fluid of Sonic Black Holes drops on Don Giovanni Records on November 8th. Immediately after the release, Moor Mother will tour Europe for about a week.