Zola Jesus – “Sea Talk” & “Poor Animal”
October 24, 2010, 7:04 pm
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Zola Jesus’ Nika Roza Danilova has been having a fantastic 2010.  She released the stunning Stridulum EP earlier this year, toured with Fever Ray and The xx and has just released another stellar EP, Valusia.  She’s on the kind of upward trajectory that leaves me doubtless that we’ll hearing even greater things from her.  Not to mention, I’m fresh off the high of seeing her perform an absolutely mesmerizing show the other night, so I apologize if this post is gratuitously gushy.  Valusia mostly picks up where Stridulum left off while adding some new textures to her sonic arsenal.  The vaporous synths on “Sea Talk” cast a bit of light into the gloom while nodding to Joy Division’s “Atmosphere”.  Conversely, “Poor Animal” plays more like New Order with its throbbing 4/4 beat, swelling synths and gorgeous violin-led outro.  Of course, the main attraction of every Zola Jesus track is Danilova’s superhuman wail of a voice.  She’s a Neko Case for the goth crowd.

Valusia is out now on Sacred Bones.

Download MP3: “Sea Talk”

“Poor Animal”

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