Zola Jesus “Conatus” (2011)

October 4, 2011

The idea of replacing industrial in favour of icy beats seemed to me like a wrong idea. The first listen of Conatus, the third album by Nika Roza Danilova aka Zola Jesus, has corroborated my assumption. Thank God I always listen to a record twice before writing a review! Conatus is stunning, a conscious step ahead in building Danilova’s musical identity. As suggested on the cover, Conatus is lighter in comparison to Stridulum II (my 4th favourite album of 2010) but heavy drums and synths are nevertheless present. If Stridulum was a score to the forthcoming apocalypse, this one is about the aftermath. Those who survived now strive for normal life and, surprisingly, even find comfort. Conatus contains two songs that come close to what can be named a “hit”: danceable Seekir and R&B-flavoured Shivers. Do not panic goths for gloom is still here, like on the robotic darkwave of Vessel which bursts into a percussion madness or disturbing Hikikomori with lyrics about blisters on my hands. But Zola Jesus does not need words to invoke a feeling – just listen to her wailing on Ixode. Sorry for being such a sceptic.

hydrameter: 4/5

Key Tracks: Hikikomori, Seekir, Vessel

Listen to Seekir: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S7CxyZ8dQ-0

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One Response to “Zola Jesus “Conatus” (2011)”

  1. chrapusmartynuspasztetus said

    I don’t really listen to music like it, but your review’s awaken something in me, something that says “You have to get it! You have to hear it!” Yeah. The Dark Passenger is hungry for music tonight 😛

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