Zen Mother: Order

Monika Khot and Adam Wolcott Smith comprise Zen Mother, an experimental duo whose music is rather hard to place, but not at all tough to be engaged in. Their next album, Millennial Garbage Preach, will be arriving on October 2nd, 2020 through The Flenser, and Order is the moody and intense first single which introduces it.

"I think we are possibly less experimental in our compositional style now," Khot says of the coming album which is the duo's third in total, and it was produced by Randall Dunn (Marissa Nadler, Sunn O))) and many more).

The band share more about the creative process: "We came to our good friend Randall Dunn with fully produced demos for Millennial Garbage Preach with the 5k frequencies blaring, the wrong elements too high in the mix and Randall produced this record into the dark gauze of anguish it needed to be. Tears were shed, Sheridan Riley (our drummer) just flew in from Japan two days before, Monika had strep throat the whole time... we all felt like we were on acid throughout the making of the record."

Order comes with a brilliant video directed by Mu Tunc, and it touches on themes of isolation, taking influence from the classic documentary, Grey Gardens. "Mu Tunc created this film in a wasteland of capitalistic depravity a couple hours outside of Istanbul," the band reveal. "His caliber of aesthetic and vision as a director is unrivaled and the love and friendship everyone poured into the making of this is true magic."

"I think you can hear some of the mania in Millennial Garbage Preach," they add, "after all music isn’t created in a vacuum and you’ll never be in a spot where everything comes together completely and succinctly. It’s the struggle that makes something totally worthwhile, and for us this record is a document of an imperfect time, and a totem of where we came from."

Video directed by Mu Tunc
Artist photo by Carlotta Baldazzi


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