Jenny Moore’s Mystic Business release a new single via Lost Map Records.
‘Woman Is A Word’ is a cover version – a “choral-punk” reimagining of a track by American alt-R&B singer Empress Of.
‘Woman Is A Word’ is the latest in a series of new releases by JMMB planned for 2021, with their debut EP set to arrive this summer. It follows their debut single for Lost Map, ‘I Am Afraid‘, released late last year.
Of the new release, Moore said: “I’m always hunting for mantras, earworms and hooks that I can drench my vocal chords in, making sure there are powerful phrases locked in my muscle memory.
“When I’m at a loss for words, I reach for those things. When I’m up against power dynamics that try to reinforce boring tropes of gender or undermine my own self-knowledge, I need a groove to settle into that reminds me ‘I’m only an image of what you see.’
“Empress Of’s song offered me that groove and I felt compelled to rearrange her song as a way of meditating. Covering this song felt like an act of building resilience for those moments when I feel like I just don’t know how to fight anymore.”
It follows the band’s self-titled debut album which came out in 2018 via Sheffield label The Audacious Art Experiment.
Originally from Canada, the ensemble’s titular frontwoman initially moved to London to study art, and has spent the past ten years playing in bands including dance-punks Charismatic Megafauna and pop-punk trio Bas Jan (whose debut album ‘Yes I Jan’ was released on Lost Map in 2018).
Moore also runs the Hackney-based feminist F*Choir and was the first artist in residence at Borealis Festival for Experimental music in Bergen, Norway.