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Timeless jazz flames from poet and noise musician Moor Mother; her first theatrical work, reflecting on public/private ownership and the housing crisis in an Afrofuturist song cycle for the ages
Tackling issues of the impending present in a way that resonates clearly with ‘60s jazz, Moor Mother situates ‘Circuit City’ in a “part musical, part choreopoem, part play” context, exploring themes of home ownership in the corporate-technological world where needs are indexed and valued by algorithms and portals.
Located in the living room of an apartment complex, Moor Mother’s pointed poetry in ‘Circuit City’ speaks of trauma, inherited and imposed, over ravishing and swingeing dynamic backing performed live by Steve Montenegro, Luke Stewart, Keir Neuringer, Tchese Holmes, Aquiles, Madam Data and Elon Battle. The latter also shares vocal duties with Moor Mother, lending a softer contrast to the sublime but needling highlight ‘Time of No Time,’ as the ensemble’s swarming, Sun Ra-like cosmic discipline gives levity to the album’s crushing earthly concerns. It’s one for anyone suffering from lack of proper, affordable housing, particular African Americans, but also anyone trapped in the cracks and dealing with the stark inequities of corporate-driven housing markets worldwide.