From the underworld of Oakland and currently residing in Los Angeles, Ca. is Metal Mother, moniker of musician, performer, and visual artist, Taara Timberman. Set to release her newest album in early June 2018, ‘Pagan Jazz’ a 5 song EP “a homage to the disappearing underground.”
“Pagan Jazz is inspired by and written for the warehouse party world and all the absurd and whimsical fairies it attracts.” Timberman says. “It’s a melancholic dance record”. 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 Magazines 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.”
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Metal Mother – “Pagan Jazz” EP – June 1st, 2018“This is an homage to the disappearing underground.”Now relocated to Los Angeles from Oakland, Tara Timberman is bringing new Metal Mother materialabove ground for the first time in five years.Explaining “Pagan Jazz,” the new five-song Metal Mother EP out June 1st, Timberman directlyreferences a track from Ionika, her 2013 album. The song “Doomdome” contains the lyric “RIPunderground,” a statement that Timberman explains is “about the housing crisis and its effect on DIYsafe spaces which are so culturally critical for marginalized artists to gather, experiment and co-create.“‘Pagan Jazz’ is inspired by and written for the warehouse party world and all the absurd and whimsicalfairies it attracted,” she continues. “I’ve lost many friends in the last couple years, including many closefriends in the Ghost Ship fire. It’s taken everything I have to keep the magic, wonder, and weirdness alivein life.”From that place of inspiration, Timberman initially wrote the songs on “Pagan Jazz” in a tiny goldenclay dome on a Buddhist wolf sanctuary deep in the foggy coastal northern California redwoods.“Words cannot describe this experience,” she says. Timberman’s host was the mediation singer, Rigzen,a devout Buddhist enchantress, and mother of six full-bred wolves who were born and raised on theproperty. “The dome was down a rough dirt trail. I carried my studio monitors and synthesizers down ina wheelbarrow. My diet mostly consisted of mushrooms.”With these new songs, Timberman shows that the weirdness is very much alive. The magic and wonder,too. The new music on “Pagan Jazz” reflects an even deeper focus on the duality and cross-section ofTimberman’s core beliefs in equality, truth, beauty, humor, and spirituality, along with the more earthlypursuits of yoga, paganism, meditation, and psychedelics.“‘Pagan Jazz’ is a melancholic dance record,” Timberman says. It’s also some kind of acid drenchedsurrealist 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 timefamiliar, vulnerable, and motherly.The media interest around Timberman’s first two albums – Ionika was preceded by the debut BonfireDiaries in 2011 – made the Metal Mother point of view and sound clear to all. Idols and influences wereon full display: Bjork, Siouxsie Sioux, Marina Abramovic, Alejandro Jodowrosky, and David Lynchjust to name a few, and even with the word “metal” in the act’s name, no one was confused: these metalswere precious, not heavy.Vice, Vogue, BUST, and BlackBook all talked about Timberman, the San Francisco Bay Guardianand Performer Magazines 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 forthe Tom Cruise film “The Edge of Tomorrow.”
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As someone who grew up in the woods with the name Timberman, it seems unsurprising and natural forMetal Mother to return to the soil at this point. Over the last half-decade, Timberman focused onseveral pursuits that had origins and connections to music, but notably, she spent time growing. Literally.The beginning of the creation of “Pagan Jazz,” and the return to Timberman’s focus on her music ingeneral, came at the end of an eight-year cannabis cultivation journey.“Producing cannabis medicine was exciting, but it wasn’t fulfilling,” she says. “As much as I love plantswith all my being, there wasn’t anything cute about being under fluorescent lights at 2AM covered infertilizer.”The only entertainment Timberman had on hand during her time working on “Pagan Jazz” in Rigzen’sdome was a copy of “Blade Runner,” and in fact, “Pris,” the first single from “Pagan Jazz” is inspiredby the “Blade Runner” character of the same name.“It’s about growing up, integrating life experiences and embracing the lightness and dark that we growinto in our own ways,” Timberman explains of the song. “I know on a visceral level how temporary lifeis,” she continues, offering a more detailed explanation of how personal experiences have deeply affectedher ideology.“I’ve sought out experiences that help me find meaning and peace, so this life can be enjoyed to thefullest, and that I might be able to impart that peace onto others. I’ve traveled to pyramids and sacred sitesall over the world, and experimented heavily with mind-altering substances. Sometimes as an escape,always as a medicine. I was raised by wolves and it’s been a journey. Small town girl living in a fuckedup world.”“Pagan Jazz,” the new EP by Los Angeles-based Metal Mother arrives June 1st, preceded by the single“Pris” on April 13th.