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Moor Mother goes to 'Circuit City' on new album

The work explores the issues of housing inequality and private ownership

  • Words: Jemima Skala | Photo: Bob Sweeney
  • 27 September 2020
Moor Mother goes to 'Circuit City' on new album

Moor Mother this week released her new album ‘Circuit City’ via Don Giovanni.

The album is a recorded version of a staged production that took place in June of last year, held in ‘a living room in a futurist, corporate-owned apartment complex’, as the press release notes.

It further notes that the work, ‘part musical, part choreopoem, part play’, was made ‘to address and eliminate systemic problems associated with the injustice of housing rights, public vs private ownership and technology.’

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The performance was accompanied by an essay written by artist Rasheedah Phillips entitled ‘Reverse Gentrification of the Future Now’. The essay explores housing inequality and gentrification in Philadelphia and is available to read here.

The release of ‘Circuit City’ follows on from Moor Mother’s 2019 LP ‘Analog Fluids of Sonic Black Holes’. 2020 has already seen two Moor Mother releases: ‘Forever Industries’ and ‘Offering’, a collaboration with flautist Nicole Mitchell.

Watch a film for ‘Circuit City Act 1: Working Machine’ below, and buy a copy of ‘Circuit City’ here.


Jemima Skala is Mixmag’s Weekend Editor. Follow her on Twitter

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