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Mo’ju has continued their upward trajectory executing shows with the Sydney Symphony Orchestra, the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, bringing the party to Golden Plains and sharing the stage with the likes of Kylie and Charlie XCX for Sydney World Pride. Mo’Ju will soon be heading out on a national tour to celebrate the launch of Oro, Plata, Mata, dates below. From now until March 29th you can grab an exclusive ticket and album bundles from mojumusic.com
Oro, Plata, Mata the fourth studio LP from Mo’Ju, explores a myriad of themes and experiences anchored by a direct homage to Mo’Ju’s late Tito (uncle) Peque Gallaga, the album’s title references Oro, Plata, Mata, a 1982 historical war drama Gallaga directed. Whilst the overarching narrative is different, the album is similar to the film in the way it follows a three chapter structure; each chapter containing three songs that revolve around a central theme. Both the album and the film share the name of, and reference, a Filipino architectural superstition of the number three.
Oro, Plata, Mata threads sounds from the old and new worlds together in creating a sonic landscape that is contemporary and engaging. Kulintang (traditional percussion) blends with woodwind and dramatic piano, before careening into lush soundscapes marked by glitchy, almost industrial production. As it moves through each chapter, the sonic mood shifts, effortlessly opening up into moments of crisp alternative R&B and soul.
And throughout it all, Mo’Ju’s vocals are resplendent, full of urgency and charisma.
“I’ve grown so much as an artist, and a person. With Native Tongue, I cracked myself wide open. I allowed myself to be vulnerable and expose more facets of who I am than I ever had before.
I went from having all this mystery, creating this mythology, almost playing a caricature, to taking the mask off, letting the walls down. Native Tongue was a brand-new chapter. Now, I’m here; this is me; I’m done explaining, I’ve got bigger ideas to talk about.” MO’JU
Across twelve tracks, Mo’Ju explores the glorification of wealth and fame, as well as the privilege and pressure that comes from living in a capitalist society (Oro); spirituality, political change, the complex and beautiful human condition (Plata); Eco and existential anxiety and above all, a fierce desire to always be looking towards a brighter future (Mata).
Oro, Plata, Mata sees Mo’Ju emerge from a chrysalis of introspection and view the world with a fresh perspective. Shedding the pressures that carried over from the huge success of their last record, Mo’Ju engages in this new creative phase, reawakened, refreshed and looking to the future while drawing strength and inspiration from the past.
Sat Apr 15 – Boorloo Heritage Festival – Boorloo/ Perth WA
Fri May 26 – Fat Controller – Kaurna Country / Adelaide SA
Sat May 27 – Howler – Wurundjeri Country / Melbourne VIC
Wed May 31 – The Outpost – Meanjin /Brisbane QLD
Thur Jun 1 – Mary’s Underground – Gadigal Country / Sydney NSW
Sat Jun 3 – Saltwater Freshwater Festival – Guruk / Port Macquarie NSW