One of the decade’s most compelling, genre-bending duos, Zen Mother has returned with a new LP Millennial Garbage Preach. Due out on October 2nd via Bay Area-based The Flenser, the seven new tracks that comprise Zen Mother’s debut for the label traverse experimental rock, avant-garde psych-punk, industrial dirge, and more. The album’s first single, “Order,” is intense and abstract— brooding instrumentation is fused with hauntingly beautiful vocals, and the end result is an appropriate glimpse of the Millennial Garbage Preach LP as a whole.
Zen Mother — which features core duo Monika Khot and Adam Wolcott Smith— has unveiled a spellbinding music video for “Order.” Directed by Mu Tunc, the video is akin to a grimy fairytale of dance macabre; a captivating short dance-music film about an ordinary young woman living inside an old castle without any contact from the outside world. The storyline itself is a nod to cult classic film Grey Gardens. Zen Mother explains: “Mu Tunc created this film in a wasteland of capitalistic depravity a couple hours outside of Istanbul. 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.”
Produced by Randall Dunn (Marissa Nadler, Sunn O))), Kayo Dot), Millennial Garbage Preach is Zen Mother’s third full-length release. The group learned how to distill the most potent aspects of their sound through years of vagabond touring and have refined their approach accordingly. That ongoing refinement hasn’t stifled Zen Mother’s love for the grandiose— as evidenced by their acclaimed original score to Alejandro Jodorowsky’s Holy Mountain (released in 2019 under the title The Ascent). “I think we are possibly less experimental in our compositional style now,” Khot says of their current work. Zen Mother continues, “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.”