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Moor Mother debuts striking new “By The Light” video

Moor Mother | via Don Giovanni Records

Local artist / activist Moor Mother has released a new video for “By The Light,” a track taken from this month’s Fetish Bones LP. Dark and chaotic, the clip follows a spotlit Camae as she wanders down deserted streets and sits in front of abandoned houses. The pitch-shifted spoken word vocals are harsh and unsettling, as are the doubled-over, disorienting images. As we’ve come to expect from Camae’s work, she expresses frustrations and social commentary in the rawest way possible. Continue reading →

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Screaming Females, Moor Mother playing the Church basement in November

Screaming Females
Screaming Females | Photo by Rachel Barrish | rachelbarrish.com

Badass show alert: New Brunswick power trio Screaming Females will headline the basement of the First Unitarian Church on Sunday, November 6th. The band’s most recent album, Rose Mountain, came out via Don Giovanni Records last year. Tickets to the all-ages show are $15 and available now via R5 Productions’ website.

Joining them are their DG labelmates Moor Mother, the Philly experimental project helmed by Camae Defstar; their LP Fetish Bones is out next month. Continue reading →

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Moor Mother signs to Don Giovanni Records; listen to “Deadbeat Protest”

Moor Mother | via Don Giovanni Records

We’ve admired Philly artist Camae Defstar since catching her genre-smashing band Mighty Paradocs on Res’ Silk City residency RESET back in December 2010. In the six years since, we’ve gotten to know her as a community organizer and activist, a co-founder of the ROCKERS! DIY concert series and an interdisciplinary artist. On the sonic end of things, that means Moor Mother, which channels societal outrage into textural, hard-hitting, experimental expanses. A prime example, which caught my attention three autumns ago, is the video for “Of Blood” – it’s totally gripping, and like Moor Mother’s work as a whole, strikes a balance between confrontationally unsettling and utterly captivating. It’s punk, it’s performance art and it’s sonic unrest of the sort that is more important now than ever.

Which is why it’s so awesome to get the word today that Moor Mother has joined the ranks of Don Giovanni Records, with her debut record Fetish Bones due out on September 16th via the venerable NJ imprint. Continue reading →