Goth pop’s high priestess Zola Jesus moves listeners on new single, ‘Bound’
Nika Roza Danilova has been recording and performing under her Zola Jesus moniker for more than a decade. Now, she’s rising from the depths of her darkest release Okovi with “Bound.”
“Bound” is Adult Swim’s Single Series’ latest installment and it’s a sound encapsulation of the noisy, avant-garde flavor that Zola Jesus is known for.
Despite Danilova’s current sonic proclivities, the artist originally began as a classically trained opera singer. When her experimental interests began to pervade her work she moved towards a series of lo-fi releases that pitted her soaring vocals against harsh industrial clatter and gritty synths.
A year after her return to the Wisconsin woods in which she was raised and her imprint Sacred Bones Records — which boasts experimental evangelists like Blanck Mass and industrial heavyweights like The Soft Moon and Jenny Hval — Zola Jesus announced she’ll also be following up Okovi with the LP’s B-sides, Okovi: Additions.
Zola Jesus’ B-sides project will pair four previously unreleased Okovi outtakes with remixes and will be released April 6.
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