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Zola Jesus, John Wiese

  • Majestic 115 King Street Madison, WI, 53703 United States (map)

Performing under the alias Zola Jesus, Nika Roza Danilova plays her own strain of electronic goth-pop. Her latest release, this year's Okovi, marks a return to Sacred Bones Records and to her hometown of Merrill, Wisconsin. Danilova certainly hones in on ruralness in Okovi, evoking a feeling of emptiness and affliction and filling that space with a strong resolution and acceptance. Sonically, Zola Jesus centers most of the tracks on Okovi around pop elements, but often leaves the crux of the songs fittingly barren, all while braiding together elements of classical, noise, and industrial music. "Veka" drifts within an amorphous wash of metallic colors, reverberating voices, and processed Slavic words and phrases. With the support of an emerging pulse and melody, a song materializes from this wash, with Danilova asking “Who will find you / when all you are is dust?” Noise artist John Wiese performs here as well behind his September 2017 release, Escaped Language. Recorded live at the INA-GRM festival in Paris, Escaped Language is a 19 minute long electro-acoustic exploration that feels massive and singular, even among Wiese's extensive discography. The piece begins with ethereal, cosmic ambience—as if to establish a plane, or canvas on which to boundlessly operate—before proceeding to process, affect, and mold an ever-growing ensemble of new sounds. But each sound—each individual voice—still maintains a sense of singularity. Wiese demonstrates relentlessly the ways in which these voices can at once sit prominently in the sonic forefront and escape from your consciousness into a new spot on that eternal plane. —Emili Earhart

Earlier Event: October 7
Carbon Bangle, JOBS, Cap Alan
Later Event: October 11
Spotlight Cinema: Hermia And Helena