Out today, True Opera is a full-length collaboration between producers Moor Mother and Mental Jewelry.
Moor Jewelry’s 2017 EP Crime Waves was a work focused largely on electronic instruments and computer-based composition.
On True Opera, the duo took a different approach -- exploring the visceral, physical punk music that the duo grew up listening to.
The tracks were improvised in the recording studio during two sessions. Mental Jewelry played drums and bass. Moor Mother performed guitar and vocals. Later, they were joined by drummer Philip Price (Kayo Dot).
“We grew up going to punk shows and playing in punk bands,” explains Steve Montenegro (Mental Jewelry). “We missed the energy of playing instruments live together. On a computer everything is accounted for. This has all of the imperfections and flubs -- it’s more of a direct conduit.”
“I think -- at least for me, for people my age -- there was a shift away from punk rock. At a certain point, you started getting into other music,” he says. “Now I’m like, ‘Crass was right about everything’.”