Sumptous reissue of former SWANS mainstay JARBOE's seminal debut '91 solo release- replete with 6 bonus tracks, presented in an oversized 16-page booklet, and featuring performances by Michael Gira, Roli Mossiman & Norman Westberg (SWANS), J.G. “Foetus” Thirlwell & Larry Seven. The first in a series of four deluxe reissues for Jarboe on Atavistic.
,br> THIRTEEN MASKS soars through a number of styles from nightclub jazz, hypno trance & IDM- while simultaneously evoking the dark essence with which she imbues to her all art & music.
“Coming to rock and experimental music from a complex, fascinating background (both her parents were FBI agents; her upbringing in the South included such elements of extreme American religious faith as snake-handling ceremonies; and before her direct involvement in music she participated in "unorthodox sex work," to use her own words)- Jarboe, who has always preferred to be known by her sole name, has long been known as one of the fiercest spirits in modern music. She is an intelligent and aggressive artist possessed of striking musical skill who has rejected the music industry's all-too-easy stereotyping and exploitation to create shockingly powerful visions. Helping strongly in this is her one-of-a-kind vocal talent, ranging from emotive blues/gospel tones to wild shrieking, matching excellently with her wide-ranging preference in musical styles. Jarboe soon became the co-leader of the band Swans with founder Michael Gira; together the two released some of the most striking, musically extreme recordings of recent years, both as Swans and as the side project band Skin. Jarboe's solo career began in earnest in ‘92 with the release of Thirteen Masks, followed a couple of years later by a collaborative effort released under the name Beautiful People with Larry Seven. After ‘95’s Sacrifical Cake, Swans took precedence as she and Gira finished the group's farewell albums and tours; her first post-Swans release, Anhedoniac, appeared in 1998." -Ned Raggett, All Music Guide