Metal Mother

Metal Mother

METAL MOTHER | "PAGAN JAZZ" EP | JUNE 21ST, 2018

 

Bio:

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.

NEWS:

PRESS QUOTES:

Sonically turbulent, ‘Pris’ longs to get lost within itself. Metal Mother employs layers of synths, vocals and sound clippings atop dramatic drums; their boom echoes a deep, unsettling urgency that refuses to resolve.
— Atwood Magazine
Like a twitch, twitching that starts in your toes and crawls up... there are some songs made for writhing around on wooden floors and somber moonless bedroom dancing. Metal Mother’s unique sonic worlds worm themselves into your brain.
— BlackBook
Dark, spooky melodies are layered over pulsating, seductive beats. The ambient, sexy ‘Bonfire Diaries’ would work well for a late–night road trip or an all–night make–out session….its definitely captivating.
— BUST
Like Purity Ring x Grimes x Depeche Mode—all 80s treated guitars, a face off of industrial beats and tribal stomps, and Metal Mother’s spooked, featherlight layered vocals.
— Noisey
Singer Metal Mother projects a dark image. The music itself is delightfully softer.
— Vogue
Metal Mother is as dense as the Earth’s core, full of beautiful, eerie, unfamiliar sounds.
— SOMA (San Francisco)
She’s reinvented metal aesthetics for the sake of dark, tribal folk pop. ‘Bonfire Diaries’ is solid body of atmospheric pop that will certainly thrill the masses.
— MTV
You can almost picture the woman behind the sobriquet, crouching in some foggy wooded wonderland, scooping up soil and critters, ancient buried treasures of forgotten societies and precious metals.
— San Francisco Bay Guardian (Cover Story)
Blown away by Oakland’s Metal Mother! RIYL: The Knife, Crystal Castles, Zola Jesus
— Aaron Axelson, Live 105 FM (San Francisco)
Don’t be fooled by her name. More maternal than metal.
— USA Today
100 percent enjoyable in that ‘I want to drive a stolen car very fast on an empty stretch of road that skirts a body of water at dusk’ sort of way. A good album to put on before or while committing a crime.
— Vice
Her music is insistantly primal. Her voice is so languid and woozy that her lips might be permanently puckered.
— East Bay Express (San Francisco)
Darkly ethereal.
— Under The Radar
Metal Mother (Tara Timberman)  as photographed by Kristen Cofer.  Click for hi-res.

Metal Mother (Tara Timberman) as photographed by Kristen Cofer. Click for hi-res.

Metal Mother (Tara Timberman)  as photographed by Kristen Cofer.  Click for hi-res.

Metal Mother (Tara Timberman) as photographed by Kristen Cofer. Click for hi-res.

Metal Mother (Tara Timberman)  as photographed by Kristen Cofer.  Click for hi-res.

Metal Mother (Tara Timberman) as photographed by Kristen Cofer. Click for hi-res.

Metal Mother (Tara Timberman)  as photographed by Parker Day.  Click for hi-res.

Metal Mother (Tara Timberman) as photographed by Parker Day. Click for hi-res.

Metal Mother (Tara Timberman)  as photographed by Parker Day.  Click for hi-res.

Metal Mother (Tara Timberman) as photographed by Parker Day. Click for hi-res.

Metal Mother (Tara Timberman)  as photographed by Parker Day.  Click for hi-res.

Metal Mother (Tara Timberman) as photographed by Parker Day. Click for hi-res.

Metal Mother (Tara Timberman)  as photographed by Kristen Cofer.  Click for hi-res.

Metal Mother (Tara Timberman) as photographed by Kristen Cofer. Click for hi-res.

Metal Mother (Tara Timberman)  as photographed by Kristen Cofer.  Click for hi-res.

Metal Mother (Tara Timberman) as photographed by Kristen Cofer. Click for hi-res.

Metal Mother (Tara Timberman)  as photographed by Kristen Cofer.  Click for hi-res.

Metal Mother (Tara Timberman) as photographed by Kristen Cofer. Click for hi-res.

"  Pagan Jazz" EP  cover art.  Click for hi-res.

"Pagan Jazz" EP cover art. Click for hi-res.

"  Pris"  single cover art.  Click for hi-res.

"Pris" single cover art. Click for hi-res.