As part of their Revisionist History Series, Matador Records have announced a reissue of the 2000 debut solo album by Mary Timony, Mountains, out January 15, 2021.
Previous releases in the series focussed on the year 1995, seeing rereleases of classic Pavement, Yo La Tengo, Guided by Voices, and Chavez albums.
Mountains has been remastered by Bob Weston, and this 20th-anniversary reissue version will come with three tracks – “Return to Pirates,” “Poison Moon,” and “Killed by the Telephone”- cut from the album when it was originally released. There’s also a newly recorded orchestral version of “Valley of One Thousand Perfumes” produced by composer Joe Wong (Russian Doll, Midnight Gospel) and mixed by Dave Fridmann. The record comes in the form of a gold foil-embossed gatefold 2xLP.
Timony (Ex Hex, Wild Flag, Hammered Hulls) was already known in the DC and Boston scenes thanks to her work Autoclave and Helium respectively, but by 1998, the end of Helium was looming. Timony says:
“I had never been good at the rock’ n’ roll business, and making a living from being in a band just didn’t seem like it was in the realm of possibility for me. I just knew I wanted to make another record because that was the part of being in a band that I liked the most.”
So Timony released her first solo record, during a landmark time in her life. She comments:
“A bunch of hard stuff was happening in my life: family illnesses, people dying, people leaving, relationships ending. I fell into a deep depression. I tried new ways of making music: I tried writing songs without any filter at all, and I purposely didn’t think about what the music would sound like to anyone else. I was only interested in describing what was in my head.
“Listening back to Mountains now I am struck most by how raw it sounds. I hear the depression and angst, but also I hear all of that darkness disappearing through the power of music and friendship—and turning into songs during those happy and productive months recording and hanging out in Christina’s loft in downtown Boston.”
Pre-orders for the new edition of Mountains are available now via the Matador store here. Check out Timony in the Brett Vapnek-directed short film, “Dream Machine” (1999) below.
Images courtesy of Matador Records/Mary Timony