Moor Mother, the project of Philadelphia's black poet and singer-songwriter Camae Ayewa, who is a purveyor of "Afrofuturism" with her co-conspirator Rasheedah Phillips of the Community Futures Lab,
debuted with Fetish Bones (2016) as
a sort of Patti Smith of
Songs like Creation Myth and Cabrini Green x Natasha Mkenna are jarring collages of free-jazz percussion, samples, electronic distortion and militant poetry.
The album's emotional power peaks in the
pounding rage of Deadbeat Protest and the
ear-splitting grating and chirping sounds of KBGK.
There are brief incursions in
tribal blues (Chain Gang Quantum Blues),
dance music (Tell Me About It),
industrial music (Washington Park)
and so on,
all derailed by chaotic electronic arrangements.
The Motionless Present (2017) collects poems and music.
Analog Fluids of Sonic Black Holes (2019)
continues the irrational project of Fetish Bones (2016), but it is
mostly devoted to
one-minute electronic gags like Engineered Uncertainty, Master's Clock, Sonic Black Holes.
Longer pieces like Shadowgrams and Passing of Time fail to find an exciting soundscape for the lyrics.
After Images, a collaboration with Justin Broadrick of Godflesh, and Black Flight intone variations on the tribal dance.
Only one piece is truly genius:
a simple relentless beat and sardonic vocals create the terror atmosphere of Don't Die.
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