“When the 4th wall is broken, we will help it fall," Zen Mother's Monika Khot and Adam Wolcott Smith said in a statement announcing that they would score Alejandro Jodorowsky's cult 1973 film Holy Moutain at the Northwest Film Forum three years ago. "When the imagery begs confusion, we will provide chaos. When comfort and solace are provoked, we will soothe you."
Their score for Holy Mountain was released on its own three years later, as The Ascent, and those extremes are clearly present in the album's pummeling synths, furious avant-garde digressions, and occasional moments of spaced-out ambience. In fact, viewed through the terror and intensity of their debut I Was Made To Be Like Her, the statement might encompass all of Zen Mother — they lurch into extremes without apologies.
This morning they're announcing a new album, Millennial Garbage Preach. The record was produced by Randall Dunn (Sunn O))), Master Musicians of Bukkake), and it's out October 2 via Flenser. The announcement comes alongside a new single, "Order," a feverish piece of industrial electronic rock, and a video, premiering at the top of the page, directed by Mu Tunç.
"In the making of this video, we made a new friend and deep collaborator," Zen Mother wrote in an email to The FADER. "Mu Tunc created this film in a wasteland of capitalistic depravity a couple hours outside of Istanbul. He and his crew ran from guard dogs and watchmen to make this film. 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."
Watch the video for "Order" at the top of the page, and pre-order Millenial Garbage Preach here.