out now: Zola Jesus – Taiga [Mute]

 

Artist:
Zola Jesus

 

Title:
Taiga

 

Label:
Mute

 

Cat#:
STUMM373

 

Release Date:
06th October 2014

 

Format:
CD, limited colored marbled vinyl+mp3, vinyl+mp3 & digital

 

Tracklist:
01)
Taiga

02)
Dangerous Days

03)
Dust

04)
Hunger

05)
Go (Blank Sea)

06)
Ego

07)
Lawless

08)
Nail

09)
Long Way Down

10)
Hollow

11)
It’s Not Over

 

Tracklist Japanese Edition:
01)
Taiga

02)
Dangerous Days

03)
Dust

04)
Hunger

05)
Go (Blank Sea)

06)
Ego

07)
Lawless

08)
Nail

09)
Long Way Down

10)
Hollow

11)
It’s Not Over

12)
Dangerous Days
(Maps Remix)

 

Press Info (English):
Mute is proud to welcome Zola Jesus to our worldwide roster.

Nika is the sole singer and songwriter behind Zola Jesus’ many creative incarnations. Written on Vashon Island, WA and co-produced in Los Angeles, CA by Dean Hurley, Taiga follows the widely celebrated albums, Versions (2013) and Conatus (2011). This is Nika’s fourth full-length album release and the first single from the forthcoming 11-track album is ‘Dangerous Days’.

In regards to the album title, Nika explains, “Taiga is the Russian name for the boreal forest. For me it feels very alive… very expansive. It represents a feral, untapped world that could happily exist without us. There are taiga forests in Northern Wisconsin where I was raised, and also in Russia where my ancestors are from, so it also feels very native.”

Liberated in the present and connected to the past, this album is a transition for Zola Jesus. Masterful layers of composition are bathed in familiar atmospheric vocals, but a new sensibility is deeply present. Taiga is at once challenging and accessible, and is undeniably branded with what Nika terms a “piercing ambition.” Such encompassing purpose, she explains, would be impossible without a newfound sense of artistic self. The album is a declaration of that purpose; one faced with jarring clarity in both its content and production. Nika summates, “For me, it feels like my true debut, because it is the first time I have felt so open and liberated.”

 

Press Info (German):
Taiga, das jüngste Studioalbum von Zola Jesus erscheint am 03.10.2104 weltweit via Mute.

Zola Jesus ist die 25-jährige Sängerin, Songschreiberin und Produzentin Nika Roza Danilova, unnötig, sie an dieser Stelle groß vorzustellen. Geschrieben in Vashon Island in Washington State und gemischt in Los Angeles von Dean Hurley, folgt Taiga den gefeierten Alben Versions (2013) und Conatus (2011). Es ist ihr viertes Album.

Zum Albumtitel erklärt Nika: “Taiga ist der russische Name für den borealen Wald. Der sich für mich sehr lebendig anfühlt…. Sehr expansiv. Er repräsentiert eine wilde, unerschlossene Welt, die fröhlich ohne uns existieren könnte. Es gibt sie in Nord Wisconsin, wo ich aufgezogen wurde, aber auch in Russland, wo meine Vorfahren herkommen… so gesehen fühlt sich der Titel sehr heimisch an.“

In der Gegenwart stehend und doch verbunden mit der Vergangenheit, beschreibt das vorliegende Album einen Wandel. Kompositionen türmen sich auch, baden in ihrer wohlvertrauten Stimme und formulieren ein neues künstlerischen Selbstvertrauen: “For me, it feels like my true debut, because it is the first time I have felt so open and liberated.”

 

Listen:
soon

 

Full Track Streaming:
“Dangerous Days”

“Go (Blank Sea)”

 

Trailer:

 

Video:
“Dangerous Days”

“Go (Blank Sea) (Live at Webster Hall)”

“Hunger”

 

Special:
“Tundra”

 

Recommendation:
album “Conatus” on Souterrain Transmissions

 

Buy CD:
Zola Jesus
MuteBank
Amazon GER
Amazon UK
Amazon US
WOM
Juno
Rough Trade
Dussmann
Boomkat
Bleep
more soon

 

Buy Vinyl:
Zola Jesus
MuteBank
Amazon GER
Amazon UK
Amazon US
WOM
Juno
Rough Trade
HHV
Boomkat
Bleep
more soon

 

Buy Colored Vinyl:
Zola Jesus
Rough Trade
HHV
more soon

 

Buy Digital:
Zola Jesus
iTunes
Bleep
more soon

 

Websites:
Zola Jesus
Mute
Mute @ Facebook
Mute Germany @ Facebook

 

© Photo by Jeff Elstone

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