Best known as the singer and keyboard player of the Swans, as well as a prolific collaborator, Jarboe is a composer and an artist above everything. Having had a cult following since her early days, Jarboe’s ambient, experimental and hypnotic style comes from her unique upbringing and variety of musical studies. Experience her live when she plays again in New York for the first time in over a year performing music from her latest album titled Mahakali at Santos Party House on June 27 with I.U.D., Bloody Panda and Cult Of Youth.
Described as half-Siren, half-Steamroller Jarboe is anything but your run-of-the-mill female rock star. While her music strays pretty far from rock these days engaging elements of ambient doom and ominous droning post-metal, Jarboe first began performing with her church choir and later with a lounge jazz act before discovering punk, psychedelia and heavy metal.
The new album, Mahakali, released in November of 2008, is Jarboe’s 14th solo album and features vocalists Phil Anselmo (Pantera, Down) and Attila Csihar (Mayhem) as guests vocalists. Characteristic of much of Jarboe’s material the album will make your skin crawl with its artful and subtle use of echoes which almost overwhelm the music which is low in the mix. Jarboe’s voice is as versatile as ever and goes from innocent, playful spoken word to vitriolic, rancorous, symphonic opera without much in-between.
Santos Party House is located at 96 Lafayette Street in New York City. Tickets are $15 in advance and $17 and the doors will open at 7 p.m. the day of this 18 and over show. For more information go to thelivingjarboe.com.