Zola Jesus - Versions
Nika Rosa Danilova, otherwise known as Zola Jesus is well known for her distinct haunting vocals paired with dark electronics, but on Versions, her music is presented as and orchestral best of so to speak. Gone are the keyboards and layers of electronical accompaniment, and instead, we get real live strings and re recorded vocals. Versions does contain one new song, “Fall Back”, which I would really like to hear what it sounds like in full Zola mode, I feel it suffers from not having a reference to look at. but it’s still a great track. If anything the dissonant strings can become off putting, even to fans of dissonance, but they are almost immediately replaced by melodic plucks of violin strings and the song really takes off. The album because of its stripped back nature, it’s softer sounds, is the most accessible Zola Jesus album, and I think it’s a good gateway. The ever moody “Run Me Out” takes on a new shade of beauty and really blossoms with the orchestral arrangement. “Seekir” is ever haunting and feels less bleak, which is an interesting contrast to the studio version. “Night” seems more grown up, sophisticated with an almost movie soundtrack quality to it and “Collapse” has a elegantly lonely feel to it, a sense of isolation that is a stunning end to the album. Overall, this is a really beautiful collection Zola Jesus songs that have been arranged in a way to breath new life into these songs that will keep fans happy that they enjoy the music of Zola Jesus.