Zola Jesus “Stridulum II” (2010)

June 30, 2011

Stridulum II served as an introduction of Zola Jesus to the British audience. What Nika Roza Danilova (early in life she reinvented herself as Zola Jesus to alienate schoolmates) did was to take her brilliant EP, add three new tracks and make it even more brilliant. Having a classical training, Zola Jesus gives her voice to industrial synths and thundering drums to create a glacial atmosphere. There are three killers and no fillers here. The opening song titled simply Night sets the tone. It’s a work of a genius that has found a light in the eternal night of despair. It seems like a haunted soul has been cast into the track. I Can’t Stand takes the singer and her emotions to the outer limits. Hurricane would best suit what Zola does on this track while every drum feels like an electric shock. You have been warned (don’t tell me you got thunderstruck afterwards). The penultimate Sea Talk finds Zola Jesus hitting on drama again but, thankfully, she never comes close to hysteria. Damn, she is gothic but try not to use the g-word while she’s around.

hydrameter: 5/5

Key Tracks: I Can’t Stand, Night, Sea Talk

Watch Night: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vM8fEP8FOqE

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2 Responses to “Zola Jesus “Stridulum II” (2010)”

  1. stickyfingers said

    The front cover looks very disturbing. Something more about tracks?

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