With each new release, Nika Danilova, better known as Zola Jesus, has encountered a new stage of evolution on the path to her latest record, TAIGA, due out October 7. Though she’s dabbled in goth rock and industrial, Taiga finds her experimenting with her most accessible version of electronic pop music yet, and sounding all the more fully formed and interesting for it.
The video for Taiga’s first single, “Dangerous Days,” which premieres on Vogue.com today, was shot in the actual taiga of the Hoh Rain Forest in Washington state. Danilova calls the song “a distillation of the record overall,” which addresses, in her words, “man’s perceived position in nature and how we interact with it, how we feel alienated.” Directed by Timothy Saccenti, who has in the past worked with Phantogram and Depeche Mode, the video employs imagery reminiscent of the nineties video game Myst and a goat-wool cape by InAisce that Danilova insists has only ever been worn once before, by none other than Marina Abramovic. We can only hope that she brings the InAisce piece along with her to the album-release show, which will feature a brass ensemble, on October 19.
Zola Jesus will perform at Webster Hall in New York City on October 19.
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