METAL MOTHER | "PAGAN JAZZ" EP | JUNE 21ST, 2018
Originally from Northern California by way of Oakland - and currently residing in Los Angeles, is Metal Mother, moniker of musician, performer, and visual artist, Taara Timberman. After five years, Timberman is back with a new album, “Pagan Jazz” a five-song EP that she calls “homage to the unknown artists who have changed the world.”
“‘Pagan Jazz’ is a melancholic dance record, a techno prayer,” Timberman says. It’s also some kind of acid drenched surrealist synth creation that beckons, but the kind of beckoning that only comes from the pearly gates: you’ve been invited because you’re dead. It’s dark, electronic, and machine heavy, but at the same time familiar, vulnerable, and motherly.
The media interest around Timberman’s first two albums – Ionika was preceded by the debut Bonfire Diaries in 2011 – made the Metal Mother point of view and sound clear to all. Idols and influences were on full display: Bjork, Siouxsie Sioux, Marina Abramovic, Alejandro Jodowrosky, and David Lynch just to name a few, and even with the word “metal” in the act’s name, no one was confused: these metals were precious, not heavy. Vice, Vogue, BUST, and BlackBook all talked about Timberman, the San Francisco Bay Guardian and Performer Magazine put her on their covers, and Timberman earned the notice of Glitch Mob, which featured her on its chart-topping song “Becoming Harmonious,” later appearing in the trailer for the Tom Cruise film “The Edge of Tomorrow.”
“Pagan Jazz” was conceived in a tiny dome on the northern coast of California during a six-week solitary music residency. As someone who grew up in a tiny town in the woods with the name Timberman, it seems unsurprising and natural for Metal Mother to return to the soil at this point.
“I know on a visceral level how temporary life is, I’ve lost many friends and family in the last couple years,” she says, offering a more detailed explanation of how personal experiences have deeply affected her ideology. Timberman continues, “Music has the power to connect us on a level that’s hard to put into words, as strange as life can get music always seems to give a guiding light.”
“Pagan Jazz,” the new EP by Los Angeles-based Metal Mother arrives June 21st, preceded by the single “Pris” on April 27th.
- 05/01/2018: Following relocation to Los Angeles from Oakland, Metal Mother’s Tara Timberman set to release new material for first time in five years.
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