Mo’Ju have announced details of their fourth studio album, ‘Oro, Plata, Mata’, due out early this year.
The Filipino/Wiradjuri artist’s new album is out March 24 via Virgin. The album is a direct tribute to Mo’Ju’s late Tito (uncle) Peque Gallaga, with the title lifted from a historical war drama he directed in 1982.
Mo’Ju has given fans another taste of the upcoming LP to mark the announcement, releasing the single ‘Money’. It follows the album’s first cut ‘Change Has To Come’, which was released last November. Check out ‘Money’ below:
‘Money’ is an examination of capitalism and the role we all play – unconsciously or not – in perpetuating consumer culture. In a press release, Mo’Ju said of the track: “I’ve been reflecting on capitalism and the way I’ve felt trapped by it at times, but at the same time I’ve been completely complicit in it. It’s about the constant hustle and the way it undermines the things in life that are actually important.”
Ahead of the release of ‘Oro, Plata, Mata’, Mo’Ju will perform it in its entirety at two special concerts. The first will take place at the Sydney Opera House on February 21 as part of Sydney WorldPride, accompanied by the Sydney Symphony Orchestra.
“I will be playing this entire album, start to finish, with both the Sydney and Melbourne symphony orchestras,” Mo’Ju said in a press release. “There will also be a bit of a retrospective of my work over the last 10 years – I’ll be touching on something from every record I’ve made.”
“But what I’m most excited about is having the opportunity to present this entire album to an audience with both orchestras… This is the very first time anyone will hear this album, not just live, but before the record even drops. I so excited that people will hear it like that and hopefully have the memory forever. It doesn’t happen every day.”
Mo’Ju’s last album was 2018’s ‘Native Tongue’. They then released two EPs in 2019 and 2021, titled ‘Ghost Town’ and ‘OK’ respectively.
Speaking of the latter in a four-star review, NME‘s Doug Wallen wrote, “The gradual revival of hope across these seven songs is both heartening and resonant. Whatever Mo’Ju does next, rest assured [they] will not hide behind anything – and [they] will not be alone in how [they’re] feeling.”