Zola Jesus – ‘Taiga’

Zola Jesus - 'Taiga'

Score

Babra Streisand and James Blake meet on Nika Roza Danilova's gloomy fifth

Before ‘Taiga’’s opening song skitters into an Aphex Twin-like barrage of glitches, cloistral calls herald the return of Zola Jesus, making a sound you’d imagine Lykke Li might if she busied herself with covens and witchcraft rather than U2 guest spots. A torch singer sonically shrouded in black lace, operatically trained Nika Roza Danilova’s fifth album borrows as much from Barbra Streisand as it does James Blake. Shimmering showtunes like the widescreen ‘Lawless’ and the magnificent ‘Hollow’ are veiled in darkness and sleek electronica while ‘Dangerous Days’ makes up for the title-track’s absence of an obvious hook. Gloomy as it is, there are some brilliant flashes of light to be found here.

Details

Record label: Mute
Release date: 06 Oct, 2014