Published Jun 23, 2014Last week, Zola Jesus indicated that she had a new album called Taiga on the way, but she neglected to give much information beyond that. Now, she's shared more of the details surrounding the release, which will be out on October 7 through Mute.
The album was written on Vashon Island, WA, and polished up on Los Angeles with help from mixer Dean Hurley (David Lynch, Sparkehorse). It takes its name from the Russian name for the boreal forests; this connects Zola Jesus songwriter Nika's Wisconsin upbringing with her Russian ancestry, and the singer said in a statement that it "represents a feral, untapped world that could happily exist without us."
The 11-track album reportedly features layered compositions and atmospheric vocals. Although this is Zola Jesus' fourth studio album, she said, "For me, it feels like my true debut, because it is the first time I have felt so open and liberated."
Below, hear the single "Dangerous Days." It's a thudding synth-pop number with danceable beats, atmospheric textures and front-and-centre vocal hooks.