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BRASS is a collaborative album from billy woods and experimental musician and poet Moor Mother. After working together on Armand Hammer’s critically acclaimed 2020 LP Shrines, the Maryland natives dropped the song “Furies” for the Adult Swim single series in July of this year. A whirl of interweaving allegories spun over producer Willie Green’s hypnotic flip of a Sons of Kmet sample, “Furies” was the burning arrow that both artists followed, the first crack of thunder in a blackening sky.
BRASS sees both artists joined by an eclectic array of friends, family, and legends- in some cases all three. John Forte, ELUCID, Amirtha Kidambi, Franklin James Fisher (Algiers), Mach Hommy, Imani Robinson, Wolf Weston (Saint Mela), Navy Blue, and Fielded all lend their voices to the project. Production by The Alchemist, Preservation, Moor Mother, Olof Melander, Child Actor, Navy Blue, Messiah Muzik, Steel Tipped Dove, and Willie Green.
BRASS is a moment where two great artists in their own right tap into a new frequency together. Even for those familiar with both, BRASS is a new chamber, an unexpected sound that once heard, could never have been otherwise. It is both ethereal and utilitarian, timeless and timeworn. A cast iron pot propped over a fire in the dark. A tropical beach shimmering with broken glass.