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Los Angeles–based darkwave artist Zola Jesus (the one-woman project of Nika Roza Danilova) creates a beautiful gloom on Conatus, her third full-length. Danilova has an opera background, but don’t expect to hear the timbres or virtuosity associated with that form. Her distinctive singing evokes a more musical Nico or a grimmer version of Cocteau Twins vocalist Elizabeth Fraser. With its agitated synth work, the brief instrumental opener, “Swords,” serves as a good portal into Zola Jesus’ sound world. On “Ixode,” a galloping drum machine accompanies layers of wordless vocals and dramatic strings. Two tracks here, “Seekir” and “Lick the Palm of the Burning Handshake,” are more clearly contoured than most of the material, which often opts for a more ambient quality. The former features some of the album’s most emotionally charged vocals; the relatively spare latter track could serve as a piano ballad. Nick Johnson’s drumming drives a spooky string arrangement on “In Your Nature,” while the album closes with the beatless “Collapse,” where Danilova intones over a thick bed of droning synth and pump organ.

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Florence + The Machine your twin!







This is Alternative at its best… Strongly correlated with Florence + The Machine!

This is what passion sounds like

Zola Jesus possesses a soulful voice that emits passion with every note and breath in between. Her album "Conatus" is truly incredible. Every song has such a unique quality to it. The best pieces of gold in the pile being Ixode, In your Nature, Skin, Collapse, and Hikkikomori. The difference between Zola and Florence is that Zola can actually sing her songs live.

nice album...

love it !!! don' t change zola....this is fantasic...


Born: April 11, 1989 in Phoenix, AZ

Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '00s, '10s

Zola Jesus is the project of Nika Roza Danilova, who crafts dark music dominated by her operatic vocals and keyboards. Originally from Madison, Wisconsin, Nika showed an interest in singing early on, buying voice lesson tapes and opera sheet music at age seven; soon after, she began working with a vocal coach for the next decade. Anxiety and the competitive nature of opera caused her to stop singing for a couple of years, but missing that form of expression spurred her to begin Zola Jesus. Inspired...
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