Zola Jesus

June 10, 2010 § Leave a comment

Zola Jesus blows my mind. There’s no other way to put it. Her music, described by some as ‘goth’, is so atmospheric that no matter where you listen to it, you’ll feel its mystery and darkness permeate your skin. Unlike your traditional goth music though, it doesn’t depress the hell out of you. It’s more contemplative than pessimistic, meditative rather than miserable. I’ve said before I’m not a fan of categorization, but I’d file this under lo-fi, experimental, with perhaps gothic sentiments but not necessarily gothic sounds.

Zola (real name Nika Roza Danilova) is only 21 but her music conveys a deep sentimentality and emotional quality not found in people much older and more experienced. Her latest release, the Stridulum EP, is 20:45 of soaring yet understated vocals, rumbling beats, eerie strings and an addictiveness that will have you listening over and over again.

Listen to the Stridulum EP on Spotify here, or go to Zola’s MySpace to hear 3 of the tracks plus a cover of Jefferson Airplane’s ‘Somebody To Love’.

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