GEORGIA ANNE MULDROW SHARES NEW SINGLE ORGONE
GEORGIA ANNE MULDROW SHARES NEW SINGLE ORGONE
THE GRAMMY NOMINATED ARTIST
RETURNS WITH NEW ALBUM MAMA, YOU CAN BET!
UNDER SOLO JAZZ PROJECT, JYOTI
LISTEN TO SINGLES THIS WALK /THE COWRIE WALTZ HERE
NEW ALBUM OUT AUGUST 28, 2020 VIA
eONE MUSIC AND SOMEOTHASHIP CONNECT
“No one sings a heavy love song like Georgia Anne Muldrow” – Pitchfork
“Over the years, this gifted Los Angeles singer-producer-multi-instrumentalist has collaborated with Erykah Badu, Sa-Ra Creative Partners and Madlib, so it’s no surprise that her latest full-length is packed full of unflappable funk.” – Rolling Stone
“After years of being near the spotlight, it seems the world is finally ready for Muldrow’s music.” – The FADER
Toronto, ON – June 25, 2020 – Today, acclaimed Grammy-nominated singer, songwriter, producer, and multi-instrumentalist Georgia Anne Muldrow who NPR describes as an “R&B and astral-funk polymath” shares Orgone, a new song from her solo-jazz project, Jyoti, a name bestowed upon her by the late great Alice Coltrane. On Orgone, Georgia sings “Maladjusted in this land/ the powers just/ just can’t end the plan” with pensive resonance over piano as she layers her rich voice over itself, swelling to an urgent cry from the heart. Listen here.
According to Georgia, the song is “a double entendre, ‘Orgone’ being a supposed device that helps to dampen extra low frequencies that come from electronics.” Muldrow adds that she hopes “this song can be a device for the extra low frequencies that occur to people in places, namely in the African Diaspora, in the way that the diaspora affects the people in places,” and that “the second part of the double entendre is "Orgone" meaning... repatriated back to the source of origin; gone from here. And the song is another poem, and it's my way of being able to get my feelings out. I just closed my eyes and played piano, and then I wrote to it, and then I orchestrated on it, and then at the end, I sang the blues on it.”
Elaborating further, she says, “this is a song for all of us, in this transatlantic nightmare. And this is a song just to say ‘I know how you feel, and maybe you feel the way I feel,’ and maybe we can live in a place where being Black ain't such a big deal, because it's just normal. Because it's a natural thing. It ain't a result of... somebody else's story on our lives, we're just human beings, that are looked upon with a little bit more... Je ne sais... plain, you know? Even though we're not plain people, we're much more than that. We're beautiful people. We're ugly people. We're happy people. Sad people. Peaceful people... we're people just like everybody else.”
Orgone appears on the upcoming Jyoti album Mama, You Can Bet! due for release on August 28, 2020 via eOne and Muldrow’s own SomeOthaShip Connect. The album announcement was accompanied by the release of lead single This Walk, which also features Muldrow’s singing voice, along with wistful piano and harp. As Muldrow puts it, the song acknowledges how “violence can both ignite and snuff out a voice.” Essence called This Walk “A timely song from a timeless artist," and added, "This Walk is a ballad that speaks to feelings of people across the country” while Okayplayer called the song “a yearning and politically-charged ballad,” and WBGO said, “This is music for our troubled moment, restless but determined.” The single’s b-side, The Cowrie Waltz pits a loungey jazz sound with shredding guitar, echoing in the background to form a groovy and bombastic juxtaposition. This Walk b/w The Cowrie Waltz is available now digitally and a 7” single version can be pre-ordered now through Bandcamp here.
A beautifully animated lyric video for This Walk created by Charles Sicuso with Muldrow’s own illustrations has subsequently been made available to view here.
Mama, You Can Bet! comes after two previous Jyoti records, Denderah and Ocotea, the latter taking home the Gilles Peterson's Worldwide Award for Best Jazz Album. Unlike these earlier Jyoti records, Mama, You Can Bet! contains tracks with vocals from Muldrow, including the newly released singles This Walk and Orgone. The album’s only guest musician is Georgia’s long-time friend and acclaimed saxophonist Lakecia Benjamin (on Ra’s Noise). The album also features two Charlie Mingus compositions that Georgia remixed for the album, Bemoanable Lady Geemix and Fabus Foo Geemix, both commissioned by Jason Moran and The Kennedy Center in 2017, a project that manifested into a live performance entitled, Muldrow Meets Mingus that was held at both The Kennedy Center and Chicago Symphony Orchestra in 2017, which recently re-aired on NPR, who also recently featured Muldrow on Play It Forward, a new special segment series on All Things Considered, listen here.
About Jyoti/Georgia Anne Muldrow
Georgia Anne Muldrow not only creates jazz music - she’s lived it since birth. Her father, Ronald Muldrow, played alongside Eddie Harris while her mother, Rickie Byars, performed as lead singer of Roland Hanna’s New York Jazz Quartet and Pharoah Sanders Ensemble. Following in her parents’ footsteps, she has collaborated with famed musicians including Robert Glasper, Adrian Younge, Ambrose Akinmursire, Justin Brown's Nyeusi, and Keyon Harrold.
The newest Jyoti music arrives after many monumental years for Muldrow. Her most recent solo album, Overload - released on Flying Lotus’ label Brainfeeder - earned her a 2020 Grammy nomination for Best Urban Contemporary Album and landed on year-end lists for Pitchfork, Bandcamp, and The A.V. Club. 2019 saw Georgia perform at numerous Jazz Festivals around the globe: Nublu Jazz Festival (Brazil), Portland Jazz Festival (Portland, US), Bric Festival (Brooklyn, US), Blue Note Tokyo (Japan), New York Winter Jazz Festival and the DC Jazz Festival to name a few.
Most recently, Georgia was featured on Play It Forward, a new special segment series on NPR’s All Things Considered, listen here.
1.Mama, You Can Bet
2.Bop For Aneho
3.Zane, The Scribe
4.Our Joy (Mercedes)
5.Ra’s Noise (Thukubad)
6.Bemoanble Lady Geemix
8.Skippin And Trippin
9.Swing Kirikou, Swing
12.Hard Bap Duke
14.Fabus Foo Geemix
15.The Cowrie Waltz
Listen to Orgone: ffm.to/orgone
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