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Jenny Moore's Mystic Business

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1.
So when you say, when you say I'm a mystic Do you mean to say that I am an a cynic So when you say, when you say it's not business... Your ears have listened to more prayers than mine have Yours is a business Mine is not yet, not yet, not yet It always gets there A field of burning wood, honey and full moon It's a field of burning wood, honey and full moon It's a building new and shiny Get lost in his building, it's view, it's timing It's for everyone! Mmm money money "Everyone who loves god loves all that god loves," you said it best. Who's god? Whose god? Who's god? Whose god?
2.
We tear things up when we go around We tear things up when we go around We tear things up when we go around and around and around and around We tear things up when we go around We tear things up when we go around We burn things up when we go around We speed things up when we go around and around and around and around We speed things up when we go around
3.
Sandwiches 04:04
I don't want to choose you I don't want to choose anything Make some sandwiches, make coffee and just sit here Make some coffee, make some sandwiches and sit here Make some sandwiches, make coffee and just sit here You can't make me move
4.
Body 03:42
5.
The Internet 04:55
* improvised in the studio
6.
Flashbacks 06:59
We always sing on a Monday night We always sing on a Monday night Come and join the choir Come and join the choir Come and join the choir Come and join the choir We sometimes sing songs with god in them We sometimes sing songs with god in them Oh, where did he go when he left your heart? Oh, where did he go when he left your heart? He joined the choir On a Monday night God joined the choir I see him on a Monday night Oh oh oh oh I get flashbacks...
7.
She wants her body back She wants her body back She wants her body back They want their psyche back They want their feelings back He wants his time back Her body back She wants her body back They want their body back He wants the day to break We want our bodies back We want our bodies back, ha We want to feel alive, ha We want to simplify, ha We want our bodies back, ha We want our bodies back, ha They want their spirits to be free Just try to simplify me, Simplify me, simplify me Find me on the street, out on the street Everything is everything When you call, when you call Everything is everything When you call, when you call She wants her money back He wants his money back They want their money back Everything is everything, or so they say, or so they say Everything is everything, or so they say, or so they say She wants what she wants And she wants him to want what he wants And he wants them to want what they want Whatever they want They’re wanting, blowing in the fields They’re wanting, blowing in the fields They’re wanting, their wanting tongues She has too many Headstrong words In her head And they have too many days ahead Hey! Yah! WE QUIT! xxxxx
8.
Come and Go 03:11
Who's going to feed the animals When i'm gone, when you're gone, when we're gone? I like to come and go I like to come and go too I like to come and go Just like you Should we sign in? Should we send a message? Should we send a dove? Should we send ourselves? Should we send ourselves? How do you do this with love? How do you do this without love? Is it only in the beginning we make ourselves free?

about

London-based Canadian artist Jenny Moore (Charismatic Megafauna, MUSARC choral collective, F*Choir) and her rabble rousing vocal ensemble present a testament to the intimacy and intensity of communal singing, on a choral-punk album of epic scope.

With raucous maelstroms, droning incantations, sweet solos and meditative murmurs, Mystic Business encompasses the macro and the micro, the political and personal, the ancient and modern: from philosophy to Mini Cheddars, ‘who’s God?’ to clickbait, the apocalyptic to the small human drama.

Gang yells, rounds, stamp-claps and hot breaths shift to exhilarating choral arrangements that are complex but compulsively sing-along-able and catchy as hell. These are fortifying mantras to fall back on in uncertain moments: ‘We quit!’, ‘We want our bodies back!’, ‘I don’t want to choose you/I don’t want to choose anything!’, or ‘We are terrified… We are angry… We are hopeful… We are on the internet’.

Featuring a host of voices from the capital’s contemporary music scene, including members of Trash Kit, Deep Throat Choir, Regrouping, Dr Peabody and Bamboo, new single ‘Sandwiches’ is a defiant swipe at the age-old behaviour that suggests women are on call all the time – that they’re here to serve and make things right. Or find something that no one else can be bothered to look for.

Jenny says “This is my mantra for exhaustion, an assertion of my own tempo and rhythm, a reminder that I need to eat too, not just feed and produce.”

The troupe was originally gathered in 2016 for a performance at Wysing Polyphonic in Cambridge, a fully acoustic art and music festival. In the Guardian’s 5-star review, Ben Beaumont-Thomas said: ‘Jenny Moore’s band of 12 performers, dungaree-clad and wrapped in silver cardboard, provided the most immediate thrills with euphoric Meredith Monk-style chants about social unease and feminist sci-fi porn’.

The album was recorded straight after, in just three days at Narcissus Studios in north London, a place Jenny knew and loved from when she played there with post-punk band Bas Jan on Jarvis Cocker’s Likely Stories EP (Rough Trade, 2016).

At nearly 7 minutes long, the multi-phased title track sets up the album’s eclecticism and colossal scale of vision. With an impressive array of percussive instruments – xylophone, vibraphone, balafon, piano, timbale drum and all manner of shakers, shells and bells – track titles include ‘Sandwiches’, ‘Tear Things Up’ and ‘We Want Our Bodies Back’, a storming song that ruminates on the body and gender, and casts spells in defiance of simplification.

‘Body’ is a kind of layered, spiritual summoning, sung with the single word ‘body’ and punctuated by a loud appeal for extraterrestrial assistance. The alien connection continues in ‘The Internet’, an invocation to the world wide web that opens with a wish for body augmentation in the form of a tentacle, ‘…or two’. Key track ‘Flashbacks’ resounds with twinkling xylophone and church echoes, torn between the beauty and pleasure of choral music and that music’s hierarchical, patriarchal heritage. Breathy vocals and muted piano combine on final track ‘Come and Go’, a speculative post-apocalyptic meditation and dream of interstellar freedom.

Born in ‘the other’ London – in Ontario, Canada – Jenny Moore grew up in Winnipeg and came to London, UK in 2007 to study art. On her decision to leave Winnipeg, she says: ‘I knew there was something else to know, and I didn’t know how to know it in that place – so I left’.

‘I had to go through art to understand that the landscape of music was so much more vast than I ever imagined’, explains Jenny. She gained a deeper knowledge of music through artists like Meredith Monk, Laurie Anderson, Joan La Barbara and Robert Ashley, and was inspired by feminist poets like Sharon Olds and Lorrie Moore, and David Byrne’s musical use of language, his breakdown of words to rhythmic tools.

In Jenny dwells the thousand-mile gaze of a seer, balanced by a wry, surreal humour, and a celebratory spirit that finds the magic and mystery in the everyday. A mystic understands there are truths beyond what any human can ever know – Jenny Moore makes it her business to revel in the unknowable, laugh with the unfathomable, and ask uncertainty to dance.

None of this can be done alone, and from the get-go Jenny experienced music as something that people do together, whether it was her musician father rehearsing with his band at home, starting high-school punk bands with friends, or singing in church. ‘The act of communal singing has always felt really natural’, she says. ‘I have a difficult relationship with the faith communities that I grew up in, but singing was a really good way to get attention as a teenager, to take up space, to take permission to be loud and funny in a community that insisted on quiet humility, especially for girls.’

released November 23, 2018

(text by Susannah Worth)

credits

released November 23, 2018

All songs written by Jenny Moore
Recorded at Narcisuss Studios, London
Engineered by Ross Matthews
Mixed by Yasmin Kuymizakis
Mastered by Peter Fletcher
2017

1 Mystic Business
2 Tear Things Up
3 Sandwiches
4 Body
5 The Internet
6 Flashbacks
7 We Want Our Bodies Back
8 Come and Go

Vocals (1,2,3,4,7)
Fay Nicolson
Helen Davison
Heloise Tunstall-Behrens
Jenny Moore
Manuela Barczewski
Mario D'Agostino
Rachel Horwood
Raimund Wong
Simon Clark
Sophie Mallett
Sophie Ramsay

Drums & percussion by Jenny Moore & Simon Clark (1,3,4,7)
More percussion by Raimund Wong, Phil Brunner, Fay Nicolson, Mario D'Agostino & Rachel Horwood (3, 7)
Xylophones, Glockenspiels & Vibraphone by Jenny Moore & Simon Clark (1,2,6,7,8) with Sophie Mallet, Rachel Horwood & Heloise Tunstall Behrens (5,7)
Piano & keys by Simon Clark (8), Sophie Mallet, Rachel Horwood (5,8)
Vocals by Jenny Moore (5,6,8)

Thanks to Carolina Ongaro at Jupiter Woods, Donna Lynas at Wysing Arts Centre, Phil Brunner at The Dentist, F*Choir for continual vibes, and Charismatic Megafauna for sharing Sandwiches, kit, and spirits. Thanks Jonathan Allen and "The Universe."

With generous support from Canada Council for the Arts.

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"powerful, political, confrontational choral-punk incantation with R&B flex"


Rabble-rousing six-piece ensemble Jenny Moore’s Mystic Business is a testament to the raw power and
untamed joy of communal singing, and features members of Bas Jan, Trash Kit, F*Choir and Bamboo as well
as solo singer-songwriter Rubie.
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