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ZOLA JESUS free dowload, new album details & festival dates!

| On 29, Jun 2011




Zola Jesus will release her new album, Conatus through Souterrain Transmissions on September 26th, 2011. The follow up to 2010’s Stridulum II, the album’s release will be preceded by festival dates this summer, with headline shows around release coming soon.

Vessel – Zola Jesus by souterraintransmissions

In the last three years, Nika Roza Danilova has gone from being an outsider experimental teenage noise-maker to a fully fledged, internationally celebrated electronic pop musician. It was a huge feat to accomplish, and despite her age (young), her geography (mid-western, desolate), her accelerated scholastic requirements (high school and college were completed in three years each) and her diminutive physical size (4”11, 90 lbs), she has triumphed. She has emerged as a figurehead – a self-produced, self-designed, self-taught independent woman.

Zola Jesus is not a band; it is a solo project. Zola Jesus is not a singer; she is a musician. It has always been so. That is not to say the people who have helped her along the way were not deeply important. Her irreplaceable live band, whose drummer Nick Johnson lends a hand on several tracks here, and her friend Brian Foote who co-produced this album in addition to the live string players (Sean McCann, Ryan York) who contribute here were all crucial in the process. Nika, however, is a woman who can command a room – any room – without needing a band, a stage, or even a microphone. Her voice is unmistakable; it cuts right to the core.

Conatus is a huge leap forward in production, instrumentation and song structure. It says it all in the definition of the title: the will to keep on, to move forward. From thumping ballads to electronic glitch, no sound goes unexplored on her new record. It is an icy exploration in refined chaos and controlled madness, an effort to break through capability and access a sonic world that crumbles as it shines.


Aug 4th THE BIG CHILL Festival
Aug 6th FIELD DAY Festival
Sept 3rd END OF THE ROAD Festival
Sept 11th BESTIVAL Festival


Side A
1. Swords
2. Avalanche
3. Vessel
4. Hikikomori
5. Ixode
6. Seekir

Side B
7. In Your Nature
8. Lick the Palm of the Burning Handshake
9. Shivers
10. Skin
11. Collapse

All songs written and performed by Nika Roza Danilova
Produced by Nika Roza Danilova and Brian Foote
Mixed & Engineered by Brian Foote
Additional engineering by Davey Riley on tracks 3, 4, 7, 10
Cello and double bass by Ryan York on tracks 2, 4, 5, 7, 8, 10
Violin and viola by Sean McCann on tracks 4, 5, 7, 8
Drums by Nick Johnson on 3, 4, 7, 10
Mastered by Josh Bonati
Cover Photo by Angel Ceballos