One of the fiercest spirits in modern music, Jarboe 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, which ranges from emotive blues/gospel tones to wild shrieking -- an excellent match with her wide-ranging preference in musical styles, from industrial dance to atmospheric psych-folk. A co-leader of Swans from 1984 to 1987, she and founder Michael Gira released some of the most musically extreme recordings of their time, both as Swans and Skin. While she had begun releasing solo material with 1991's Thirteen Masks, she became far more prolific after Swans initially broke up, issuing numerous recordings and collaborations, with highlights including 2005's The Conduit and 2008's Mahakali. Two dreamlike, ethereal solo albums, Illusory and A Tulpa, both appeared in 2020.