From the forests of Merrill, Wisconsin, Zola Jesus a.k.a. Nika Roza Danilova creates dark, entrancing and powerful music. She’s recently toured with the XX, Warpaint, and Fever Ray, and is known as someone special to look out for, especially come this Fall 2011 when her third full length album Conatus arrives. The first single Vessel has appeared as a beautiful introduction and maturity to what Zola Jesus’ future looks like ahead.  She also recently performed and created a Daytrotter Session featuring another taste of what to expect. If you are not familar with some of Zola Jesus’s earlier work, be sure to listen to Night from her second album, Stridulum II featured last year. Enjoy ♥

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