Jenny Moore’s Mystic Business release a new single ‘I Am Afraid’, on Lost Map.
It follows the band’s self-titled debut album which came out in 2018 via Sheffield label The Audacious Art Experiment.
Newly-signed to the Eigg-based label, the Canadian 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’s six-piece ensemble features members of Bas Jan, Trash Kit, F*Choir and Bamboo, as well as solo singer-songwriter Rubie.
The track was recorded with Toby Burroughs from Pozi – although Moore describes how she replaced many of the parts with the demo versions. “There was something more organic about the first take – when I was alone, at night, in my studio – something that held the right tension.”
‘I Am Afraid’ – already selected by Steve Lamacq as his ‘Lamacq Livener’ – is the first in a series of new music by the band, with more releases set to follow in 2021.
Of the single, Moore says: “For anyone with a femme body, wandering home alone at night is not a straightforward situation.
“It’s super common to be harassed, followed, or just really annoyed by someone demanding my attention, affection or performance for them. It can be terrifying. At the same time, it can be exhilarating to finally be on my own, on my own terms, in my own time, on my own two feet.
“‘I Am Afraid’ is a full-of-joy-and-rage anthem for emotion, for not being ashamed of the spectrum, of wanting to be powerful and allow the bigness of life but also be p*ssed off at those people who’ve shut me up, literally or metaphorically. Sometimes I’m craving for revenge.”
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.