WATCH: Jenny Moore’s Mystic Business – ‘Woman Is A Word’

Originally from Canada and now based in East London, Jenny Moore has played in bands such as Charismatic Megafauna and Bas Jan, and has now shared a brand new single from her six-piece choral punk ensemble Jenny Moore’s Mystic Business. Featuring members of Trash Kit, F*Choir and Bamboo, the ensemble have received acclaim from the likes of Steve LaMacq on BBC 6Music for last year’s stirring ‘I Am Afraid’ and have now announced the release of a debut EP, set for release this Summer.

A cover of Empress Of’s ‘Woman Is A Word’, this latest offering highlights the power of voices coming together in unity. Oozing a sweeping, celestial splendour, the many vocals flow together in harmony creating a captivating soundscape, propelled by an upbeat, jazz-infused musicality. Adding their own unique euphoric energy to the poignant sentiment and soulful passion of the original, Jenny Moore’s Mystic Business have created an emotive and empowering rendition.

Of her inspiration to cover ‘Woman Is A Word’, Jenny explains:

“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 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… I often think about how vast our experiences of both gender and desire could be if we acted like all humans deserve dignity, freedom to self-determine, and to be the boss of their own bodies! This tune acts as a kind of escape from the dominant narratives that try to control everyone for the sake of the status quo…”

‘Woman Is A Word’ is accompanied by a beautifully hand-crafted video highlighting the subtle power of the voices of the track, featuring footage of all of Mystic Business in the their separate respective homes, coming together through the power of song. Watch now:

Woman Is A Word‘ is out now via Lost Map, available to download from bandcamp.

Mari Lane
@marimindles

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