Protea is Serena Toxicat's thorny, sharp-clawed, 21st century brainchild.
She recommends that you enjoy a tincture of this mysterious flower in a cozy dungeon with a crystal divinatory pendulum and a cup of catnip tea.
This intensely personal, dark experimental project has grown to include a small constellation of guest musicians in the electronic idiom, including tara ntula of Static Reflex, ARP drone artist Matt Azevedo of Retribution Body, thereminist Joey D'Kaye (once-bassist for Crime, the early American punk band from San Francisco), and Toxicat's divine felines.
Its manifestation into form has come about through technologies of varying strata, from low budget to high end, and has never included any stock loops or sounds, rather soundscapes crafted from found aural sources.
A priestess of Bast, Sekhmet and Isinephthys ordained in the Fellowship of Isis at Isis Oasis temple and ocelot sanctuary, Serena celebrates the Ancient Egyptian pantheon with gnosis and devotion in a matrix of ether and artful noise.
Since the release of The Osiris Tree one winter solstice, Protea has been featured on several compilations and has just released a second full-length album, Going Forth by Night.
Sa Sakhem Sahu. Ama Iset. Em hotep. Mau Bast! Mau Bast! Mau Bast!
Dec 21, 2006 - final version of The Osiris Tree, Protea's debut album
Aug 12, 2008 - Protea's 'Little Drummer Boy' came out on machineKUNT's compilation, Extreme Women in the Dark Future.
Oct 27, 2009 - Out on Two Gods (UK) and Wax Trax II (US): Wrapped in the Guise of My Friend, an Attrition cover album. Protea contributed, 'Into the Waves.'
July 1, 2010 - Out on Shinto's experimental compilation, Torture Garden, is Protea's song, 'Mau Bast.'
October 29, 2010 - Out on machineKUNT's compilation, Sanity Is Slavery (DISC 3, digital), is Protea's track, 'Anansi.'
Coming out soon on a CD that will be published as a companion to Spider's Web magazine: Protea's track, 'Pet the Manul, Bitch!'
A track on the 'Music for the Rising Sun' Japan relief compilation will be coming out shortly.
Coming out soon on a compilation called SEPTEM-THE SEVEN LUMINARIES, a track in conjunction with Verney 1826. TBA
Due for release at some auspicious date this year: Night of the Teardrop, Protea's third full-length album
Serena is involved in other projects and collaborations which are not necessarily listed under the name, Protea. (See: STARCHASM, Catbox Theory, Knwell/Casa De Orates, Attrition, Crimson Ivy, Mourning for the Disease, Static Reflex, and more)
How to Destroy the Universe 2009
Conflux Dark Arts 2008 and 2009
Toxicat's kitties, the deities of the Ancient Egyptian pantheon, the multiverse, The Harmonic Convergence, Unity Consciousness, the Buddhas, Bodhisattvas, Ferocious Deities, Devas, Dharma Protectors, Dakas and Dakinis, Anne Sexton, Sylvia Plath, Edie Sedgwick, peak experiences, various dark experimental legends in human form, including Diamanda Galas, Nick Cave, Kate Bush, Liz Fraser, Leonard Cohen, Blixa Bargeld, Siouxsie, Exene Cervenka, Bjork, Shirley Manson, Joy Division, New Order, Nina Hagen, Issa, Buffy Sainte-Marie, David Bowie, Meredith Monk, Coil, Throbbing Gristle, Legendary Pink Dots, Nico, Edith Piaf, Antony, Tim Buckley, This Mortal Coil, Klaus Nomi, Dave Byrne, throat singers of Tuva, so many of the CMI, Projekt, Wax Trax and 4AD label artists, and countless other living channels of the divine aural element~*
Languages: English, French, Serenese