Here comes the darkness. Here comes the Night. It’s the debut UK single from Zola Jesus - real name Nika Roza Danilova. There’s something defiantly art-house, brooding and cavernously gothic about the song. Painted jet black with morbid synths, marching ghost-drums and Nika’s powerfully immense vocal, Night is as un-summery as it gets.
Raised in Wisconsin, Nika spent her formative years taking opera lessons before turning towards other genres. She has a love for weird electronics and industrial music, but also claims that she loves intensely powerful melodic songs. These two strands can be distinctly heard on Night. If there was a similarity to another current artist then Fever Ray is a reference point, and it therefore seems highly appropriate that Zola Jesus will be supporting Fever Ray in Glasgow, London, Paris and Berlin later this year. Before then you can catch Zola Jesus at shows in the U.S before Nika and her band travel to the UK for a series of small headlining shows.
Haunting stuff. You can download or stream Night by Zola Jesus for free from the player below.
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