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Top Customer Reviews
Her industrial notes are still present, raising their head via foreboding synth scales on "Avalanche". So, too, are her impressive, operatically-trained pipes, but they now often plump for deeper sequences, rather than squarely aiming to bring down the house. Generally though, Conatus is treated to a softer electronic palette than its predecessors - one, perhaps, indicative of a greater recording budget.
Nevertheless, in holding back, the album feels airy. Danilova, like careful Canadian pop producers New Look and like The xx before them, isn't afraid of space. Her arrangements aren't crowded as a result, yet they seem set at a distance from the hushed atmospherics of earlier material all the same - and further still from the more linear lo-fi clatter of forgotten debut The Spoils.
With that in mind, the delayed vocal loops that herald "Vessel" allow the track to echo around its dramatic setting, before it all inevitably rounds out to a bleak chorus of sorts. For there is pop in Conatus's heart, but occasionally it takes some finding.Read more ›
her 2010 release 'Stridulum II'. Ms Jesus is a Creature Of The Night,
of this there can be little doubt. Her music arises out of the shadowy
realm, where the air is thick with smoke from a thousand funeral pyres.
I understand that she eschews the notion that her creations are Gothic
in intent but it is hard not feel the presence of the wolf at the door
and the bats in the belfry in this wonderfully gloomy new collection.
'Conatus' does not take us too far away from the territory where she
clearly feels most at home but in these ten songs and their brief,
clattering wordless introduction 'Swords' there is a greater sense
of form and melody present than of yore, together with a more economical
use of reverb, which allows us to hear what a fine voice she possesses.
The doomy washes of synth and thundering percussion which define her
best work are both present and correct but there is a (dare I say it!) a
lightness and warmth creeping into her songs which extends her emotional
sound palette considerably. Take a song like 'Vessel' : crikey it would
not take too much of an imaginative leap (its apocalyptic ending
notwithstanding) to think of it in Adele's recent bluesy/gospel repertoire.
'Hikikomori', too, has a fine soulful tune, punctuated by a well-considered
string arrangement which enhances its anthemic pagan qualities admirably.
'Seekir' would not sound out of place on some of the World's more arcane
subterranean dancefloors and 'Shivers' twitches and trembles gainfully.
It is to 'Skin', however, which we must turn to experience Ms Zola's very
finest moment.Read more ›
Descriptions always sink to comparisons in my mind, which is always a dis-service to the new and individual, but here goes - vocally Siouxsie Sioux with touches of Liz Fraser and Florence Welch, musically a fantastic mix of Soap and Skin, Patti Smith, Cocteaus, St Vincent and ???.
All are favourites here, and so now, is Zola/Nika. Fabulous album - music to sit and absorb, and marvel at, and hope and pray for more to come.
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WHY DID YOU SELECT THIS ONE? It was cheap and it had a pretty girl on the cover.
WHAT DO YOU THINK OF THE COVER? It's a nice, mostly white and grey image of a blonde with dark eyebrows wrapped in a sheet. It's a good, striking image.
WHAT TYPE OF MUSIC ARE YOU REALISTICALLY EXPECTING? I expect cold, emotionally distant, piercingly loud octave jumping female vocals by a trained musician. I half suspect this could be borderline classical music with strings and cellos and violins etc. I will be surprised if there's any guitar on the album. I don't expect an easy listen. There is no way songs with titles like `Hikikomori' or `Ixode' are fun, easy to digest songs. As soon as people start with the made up words, it's time to get scared (assuming they're not in a foreign language or referring to prescription drugs or something). `Avalanche' brings to mind the Leonard Cohen song of the same name. `Lick the Palm of the Burning Handshake' has to be a weird song. I also suspect the pacing will often be slow and dirge-like.
BEST CASE SCENARIO IT WILL SOUND LIKE? Challenging, obtuse music that can be penetrated after about eight listens to reveal greatness.
WORST CASE SCENARIO IT WILL SOUND LIKE? Just really horrible crap that tries the patience without any hints of future rewards if you keep at it.
HIGH, LOW OR MIDDLING EXPECTATIONS? Middling.
---AFTER LISTENING TO IT---
WHAT DID IT SOUND LIKE? Like Nine Inch Nails with the heavy metal element removed.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Everything I love about this artist is on this CD. Wonderful vocals. Yes.Published 12 months ago by Dela
I thought that after the first album this was, by comparison, rather dull and uninspiring. The tracks were not very varied or engaging.Published on 17 Mar. 2014 by E. J. Reed
Vocally Zola Jesus will inevitably draw similarities with Florence Welch but this album is far more ethereal, emotive and sombre in sound and for this reason reminds me more of the... Read morePublished on 10 May 2013 by RH
I caved after being told to listen to Zola Jesus for a long time by various lurking gremlins, and I was very surprised by what I found. Read morePublished on 13 April 2013 by Nick Gonzo the Gonzo
Very hard to pigeon hole I love this album, bit electronic, bit weird, very powerful. Kind of like (to my ears) a cross between Portishead, Bjork and other electronic artists. Read morePublished on 6 Jan. 2012 by Review