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  • Audio CD (26 Sept. 2011)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Souterrain Transmissions
  • ASIN: B0058U80JU
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
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1. Swords 2. Avalanche 3. Vessel 4. Hikikomori 5. Ixode 6. Seekir 7. In Your Nature 8. Lick The Palm Of The Burning Handshake 9. Shivers 10. Skin 11. Collapse

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Mainly thanks to the hugely well-received Stridulum EP (as well as its expanded re-release: Stridulum II) the diminutive Nika Roza Danilova is hot property. Instead, however, of going for broke with Conatus, Danilova puts forth a more subtle collection than perhaps could have been expected.

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.
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By The Wolf TOP 50 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 1 Oct. 2011
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Zola Jesus (born Nika Roza Danilova) made me sit up and listen with
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.
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4 stars or 5?

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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By Christof on 25 Oct. 2013
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I've had this CD a while now. I still can't decide whether I like it. I must because I'm still playing it. Not very often, granted. When you do play it you don't have the urge to play it again, or soon. But you find yourself sticking it into your player and wondering..
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This review comes from an internet game. You buy an album you've never heard of from a shop. Then you write your impression of it before and after listening to it for the first time.

---BEFORE LISTENING TO IT---

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.
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