Philadelphia noise-rap poet Moor Mother creates urgent and deeply spiritual music with the restlessness that our past, present, and future all demand. This Friday she'll share Circuit City, a new recorded soundtrack of a stage show of the same name performed with Irreversible Entanglements and the Circuit City Band. It's her second full-length project of 2020, and today the project's first music video "Circuit City Act 1: Working Machine” has dropped.
The eleven-minute song is a free-jazz suite where Moor Mother unleashes on Black America's ongoing struggle with issues like housing inequality and lingering trauma. Moor Mother doesn't show her face in the Bob Sweeney-directed video and cedes the spotlight to a dancer who performs in a washed-out world.
Moor Mother collaborator Rasheedah Phillips shared a statement on Circuit City via a press release:
“Circuit City considers both the implications of time and of space involved in privatization of public housing, gentrification, displacement, and redevelopment. The residents of Circuit City are integrating the time(s) of redevelopment, privatization, and hyper-gentrification, into the pre-established temporal dynamics of the community, layered over and within the communal historical memory and the shared idea of the future(s) of that community.”
Thumbnail photo by Bob Sweeney