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Our Record Of The Week is Jeremy Dutcher – Motewolonuwok released via Secret City Records!

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Making music is like learning a language, Dutcher says. It’s “an unfurling”—a constant exploration of what you want to say and how you can express it. Motewolonuwokfeatures Wolastoqey traditionals, poetry from by the Cherokee poet Qwo-li Driskill, but also Dutcher’s first songs written in English. This is an acknowledgment of his father’s tongue, and also a way of singing “directly to the newcomer [settler],” in their own language, to tell his community’s stories of grief, resilience and emergence. “I needed to contextualize my own story,” he explains, and Motewolonuwokmoves like a collective wish and a corrective medicine. 

Dutcher came out as gay when he was 12—but even that idea, of “coming out,” was imposed upon him by a colonialist framework. Motewolonuwokis a stepping-through and singing-into his full identity. On “’tahcuwi Anelsultipon,” Dutcher stands almost alone on a stage, singing about devotion. “The Land That Held Them,” his tribute to “the ones taken too soon,” shudders with a force that recalls Nina Simone and Anohni. Elsewhere, Dutcher reached for the largest possible frame: a full orchestra, with arrangements by Owen Pallett, and, on tracks like “Sakom,” a 12-voice choir made up of Dutcher’s queer and allied kin, including friends from music school and members of the Queer Songbook Orchestra.


  1. Skicinuwihkuk
  2. Pomawsuwinuwok Wonakiyawolotuwok
  3. Take My Hand
  4. Wolasweltomultine
  5. tahcuwi Anelsultipon
  6. Sakom
  7. Ancestors Too Young
  8. The Land That Held Them
  9. There I Wander
  10. Together We Emerge
  11. Rise in Beauty