Zola Jesus / Versions
Album: Versions   Collection:General
Artist:Zola Jesus   Added:Aug 2013
Label:Sacred Bones Records  

A-File Activity
Add Date: 2013-09-01 Pull Date: 2013-11-03
Week Ending: Oct 20 Oct 6 Sep 29 Sep 15 Sep 8
Airplays: 2 2 1 2 2

Recent Airplay
1. Jul 10, 2014: Binders Full of Sopranos
In Your Nature
4. Oct 15, 2013: Meow
Fall Back
2. Nov 06, 2013: Meow After Midnight
Run Me Out
5. Oct 02, 2013: Sunflower Sutra
Avalanche (Slow)
3. Oct 19, 2013: Buford J. Sharkley Presents: As Told to Hervey Okkles
Avalanche (Slow)
6. Oct 02, 2013: post meow
Fall Back

Album Review
DJ Away
Reviewed 2013-08-27
Nika Roza Danilova usually houses her songs in a gritty, gothic framework, but here she’s repurposed some of her older pieces for orchestral strings. The result is a more directly operatic sound, though she also adds percussion to several of these tracks. The best moments of this album are the ones where Danilova strips the songs down to essentials, refining the emotion of the music so unnecessary stuff doesn’t get in the way. The songs are less powerful when she adds more elements (usually percussive) than the album’s bare atmosphere can withstand. This is a cool experiment, so hopefully Danilova will continue to incorporate strings into her work. Favorites: 1, 3, 4, 9. No FCCs.

1. *(4:55)—Slow, stately and bright (key of C major). Stays calm and never builds. Ends on a slightly dark note.
2. (4:27)—Mid-tempo and upbeat. Poppier style. Epic 80s-ish drums slide in. Strings offer some dissonance.
3. *(3:42)—Medium-fast. Staccato strings. Feels starker than the previous two songs—nice.
4. *(3:42)—Medium-fast. Darker feel to this one. Drums again, but this time more subdued.
5. (3:31)—Medium-fast. Dance beat. Lots of background vocal tracks. Not really digging it.
6. (5:01)—Slow. Smooth, melancholy strings. The drum programming feels overdone in this context.
7. (3:24)—Slow, dark, a little dissonant. The drums here are really unnecessary, but this is still pretty.
8. (3:24)—Medium-fast. Again, the strings are gorgeous and full, but the drums and effects distract from the emotional core of the song.
9. *(4:07)—Slow and drum-less. Similar to the first track in its balance of drama, melancholy, and lightness. This one builds to a climax, though.
10. (4:52)—Slow, dark, and bouncy. Features drum programming and minimal synths.
-DJ Away

Track Listing
1. Avalanche (Slow)   6. Sea Talk
2. Fall Back   7. Night
3. Hikikomori   8. In Your Nature
4. Run Me Out   9. Collapse
5. Seekir   10. Vessel