KALTBLUT MAGAZINE: ZOLA JESUS

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The goth pop goddess returns with her fourth album ‘Taiga’ out 03.10! Nika Roza Danilova is Zola Jesus, the 25-year-old singer songwriter hails from the US and has proven herself as a force to be reckoned with. Danilova’s forthcoming album ‘Taiga’ is filled with ethereal beauty that shines true. Her spellbinding vocals and the strength within her lyrics catch you and don’t let go. Across the whole record, the beautifully crafted soundscapes encompass her intense voice to create a compilation of carefully crafted pop ballads with a gothic touch. Don’t miss out on seeing her live at a bunch of amazing venues across the US, the UK & Europe on her new tour this autumn!

Taiga is the Russian term for the boreal forest and the album was written in Vashon Island – Washington State, where she was able to find solace within nature. The album title reflects on both Danilova’s Russian ancestors as well as her life growing up in North Wisconsin. Created with the feeling of tranquillity as an essential component to the albums strength and soul. The eleven tracks on Taiga are a nod to the eccentricity that is Zola Jesus. Her musical journey has not been easy as Danilova felt she was searching for an identity that may now have been discovered. “For me, it feels like my true debut, because it is the first time I have felt so open and liberated,” she says. Proving to be a defining moment for her musically she has taken the reigns both lyrically and vocally validating her growth as a musician.

Dangerous Days’, the first single off the album shows a powerful sense of perseverance in Danilova’s work which carries on throughout. The lyrics declare “It’s a dark, dark day and it’s dangerous to go and listen what they say” send a message that there is hope even in the darkest of times. This time spent in the serenity of the forest offers a tenacious sense of freedom that can be felt throughout the album and clearly shown through the video. Directed by Tim Saccenti it touches on a physical and emotional exploration. Though not shying away from her experimental pop sound she has clearly identified with her artistic element. ‘Hollow’ and ‘It’s Not Over’ are two of the strongest tracks that lift the rest of the album to a new height. You cannot help but sense influence from the likes of Grimes, Bat for Lashes and Karen O, which Danilova has grasped on certain similarities, whilst still attaining her own individuality.

Carefully executed Taiga takes you somewhere Danilova’s previous albums (Versions, Conatus and The Spoils) couldn’t. It has a direction that allows your mind to travel, leaving you with a feeling of euphoria. Danilova’s fourth album as Zola Jesus, one can now grasp an ornate sense of structure that was previously lacking. Taigais the struggle and reinvention that now makes for an evolved Zola Jesus who truly demonstrates within this album her newly fulfilled self.

To read my original post from Kaltblut please click here.

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