Due out next week, Oct. 4, on Sacred Bones, it’s the latest step in Nika Danilova’s steady evolution. Listen to song streams, below.
By Selena Fragassi
You can take the farm out of the girl-but why would you want
to? Born and raised on a 100 acre homestead in the middle of Wisconsin, Nika Danilova (aka Zola Jesus)
clearly had plenty of spare time and haunting inspiration-her dad was a hunter
after all-to help her prepare lush albums filled with ethereal, dark
soundscapes that have been the predecessor for a new flock of goth pop doves.
After a rush of solid EPs, Danilova has built a fortress with
her latest LP, Conatus, that furthers
her classically trained Liza Minnelli husk with the bad seeds of a Siouxsie
Sioux. The operatics of her voice make it the most intriguing instrument on the
album but the new exploration of violins and cellos that feminize the massive
drum fills make Conatus even more
astounding. Don’t be fooled; it’s exactly Danilova’s Midwest charm infused with
Middle Age drama that make her the pick of the crop in this evolving genre.