Nika Roza Danilova, best known as her dark electro-pop project name Zola Jesus
, is one of the most underrated musicians in the genre. She began releasing her work to public back in 2008 with two debut songs on Soeur Sewer.
Cut to 9 years down the line, and she has released multiple albums and cumulated over 100,000 monthly Spotify listeners. Her latest album, Taiga
, was released in 2014 and featured her hit "Dangerous Days." After pretty much ghosting following two single releases in 2015, many had began to wonder where Zola Jesus had gone. Thankfully, the wait is over. Earlier today, fans were met with the first single from her new album Okovi
, set to be released on September 8th, titled "Exhumed."
"Exhumed" is racy and heavy. Nika's vocals work to break through the deep sound of pounding drums and what seems to be static. It's kind of hard to tell exactly what's going on, but that's what makes it so incredibly intriguing. The aggressive approach taken by the instrumental used provokes a heart racing experience while Nika dishes out vocals reminiscent of Florence and the Machine met with Banks. Overall, the track is much heavier than the entirety of the songs on Tiaga,
and I think fans will be glad to hear that the project is back to its original sound. And it is just that, original–no one is making raw music like this at the moment, and Okovi
is sure to be a satisfying project that could not have been made by anyone else.