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Arthur Moon is not actually a person. Rather, it is the chosen nom de guerre of Brooklyn-based songstress Lora-Faye Åshuvud. And it technically encompasses the fellow musicians who count themselves as her musical accomplices: Wyclef Jean collaborator Cale Hawkins, and This American Life composer Martin D. Fowler.
Impressively difficult to pin down aesthetically, Noisey has compared her to Anna Calvi (we definitely get that) and Paper likened her sound to a Kandinsky painting (we get that too). And just in time for Pride Month, BlackBook is honored to premiere the equally iconoclastic but also impossibly catchy new single “Homonormo.” Over a languid, sensual beat, captivatingly effected harmonies make nice with Krautrocky organ swells and spiky calypso-flamenco guitar bursts – all without seeming the slightest bit over-concepted.
And it’s all about the dilemma of…assimilation.
She explains, “If we ‘settle down,’ do my partner and I become a part of some respectability politics nightmare, where gay people are only okay if they mimic the structures of straight society? Do we further alienate everyone who doesn’t want that/doesn’t fit that/can’t do that?”
At a time when the LGBTQ community faces increasingly direct threats to their basic human rights, not just here but around the globe, those questions could not be more relevant, or more poignant.
“Writing ‘Homonormo,'” she recalls, “I was thinking a lot about what it is that we have to gain when we fail at living within some prescribed definition of ‘success’ or ‘normalcy.’ Like Jack Halberstam says: ‘The queer art of failure turns on the impossible, the improbable, the unlikely, and the unremarkable. It quietly loses, and in losing it imagines other goals for life, for love, for art, and for being.'”
Arthur Moon’s self-titled debut album will be released on vinyl July 12, via Vinyl Me, Please, and on all formats August 2. A 10-date North American tour, opening for Oh Land, will launch on September 24 at the Bell House in Brooklyn.