Sunday Suggestion – Zola Jesus – Dangerous Days

The first single from Zola Jesus’ 2014 album Taiga was ‘Dangerous Days’ which opens with a small whirr before the beat and flashing synths take over as her bold and wholesome vocal easily make it’s mark and sets itself as the focal point beyond doubt. The opening lines are succeeded by an increased tempo from the synths and a chant-like slide from her before bursting into echoing space and light as the synth washes over, the heavyweight vocals soar and the beats harden to keep the song on track. The effect of this is played out in the second verse with a sharper and more prominent beat and tempo as she soars into the chorus again. The stripped back sections see her show her vocal prowess even more with the dulled beat and wailing backing vocals in the background. This is then shuffled back into the order as the beat resumes it’s normal service and the vocals soar yet again. It’s a pop song of class and effortlessness.

Owen Riddle @oriddleo1995

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Single Review – Zola Jesus – Dangerous Days

The enigmatic pop master from Phoenix, Arizona returns on the run up to her fifth studio album in as many years for the twenty five year old with Taiga which is out on October and with this in mind, she has claimed that “For me, it feels like my true debut, because it is the first time I have felt so open and liberated.” She’s also has claimed she wants to take number one spots so it is intriguing to see how she goes about this with artists such as Grimes setting about for commercial success with trap dropping and dub techniques. The first single from Taiga is ‘Dangerous Days’ which opens with a small whirr before the beat and flashing synths take over as her bold and wholesome vocal easily makes it’s mark and sets itself as focal point beyond doubt. The opening lines are succeeded by an increased tempo from the synths and a chant-like slide from her before bursting into echoing space and light as the synth washes over and the heavyweight vocals soar and the beats hardens to keep the song on track. The effect of this is played out in the second verse with a sharper and more prominent beat and tempo as she soars into the chorus again. The stripped back sections see her show her vocal prowess even more with the dulled beat and wailing backing vocals in the background. This is then shuffled back into the order as the beat resumes it’s normal service and the vocals soar yet again. It’s a pop song of class and effortlessness. A more natural change of sound then Grimes produced perhaps and a little more believable too though both are solid tracks. The question is are people ready to buy into a more sophisticated and thorough pop song like ‘Dangerous Days’? I truly hope so.

Single Review – Zola Jesus – Fall Back

‘Fall Back is the only new track of the album Versions that comes out on August 20th. But despite that you know that Zola Jesus will deliver with the content she has at her disposal due to her marvellous vocal ability which everyone is aware of. She lives up to that standard with ‘Fall Back’. It initially opens with a sorrowful string section and a more calm and considered vocal which then goes on to such a subtle and gradual build up of the strings and faint percussion elements. Zola Jesus shows her ability by being able to reflect with what is going on with the instrumentals with her own subtle build up. Once the percussion and other string sections kick in to give the song a beat and a rhythm; her voice effortlessly matches up to the task as you start to hear what power she has but it’s still refrained into the subtle nature of the song which doesn’t ruin the atmosphere or feel that she was trying to convey. It’s also quite optimistic lyrically and in the sort of hopeful tone the song takes on towards the end. Overall it’s a nice treat for fans of Zola Jesus as Versions will be too.

http://youtu.be/hvycDDxH2cM

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