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Stream Zola Jesus’ New Track “Soak”

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Zola Jesus. (Photo: Tim Saccenti)

Zola Jesus. (Photo: Tim Saccenti)

Zola Jesus has shared a new song titled “Soak”, the second song from her forthcoming album Okovi.  urthering the intense narrative of Okovi, “Soak” is written through the lens of a serial killer’s victim, clinging to life and about to be dumped in the water.

“I was thinking about this crucial moment inside the victim’s mind, when she knows she’s going to die. She thinks back at her life and the futility of the decisions she made, when, in the end her life would be cut short against her will,” says Zola Jesus of the track.

“What’s the point of trying to navigate life if you don’t even get to choose how it ends? Instead of letting her fate be determined by someone else, she takes back control and turns it around, so instead, in her mind, she is choosing to die. She lets the killer assist her in suicide, as she gets tossed into the water and slowly drowns. Through writing this song the story evolved within me, and I saw how it mirrored my own feelings inside.” 

Fittingly, the 11 electronics-driven songs on Okovi share musical DNA with her early work on Sacred Bones. The music was written in pure catharsis, and as a result, the sonics are heavy, dark, and exploratory. In addition to the contributions of Danilova’s longtime live bandmate Alex DeGroot, producer/musician WIFE, cellist/noise-maker Shannon Kennedy from Pedestrian Deposit and percussionist Ted Byrnes all helped build Okovi’s textural universe.

With Okovi, Zola Jesus has crafted a profound meditation on loss and reconciliation that stands tall alongside the major works of its genre. The album speaks of tragedy with great wisdom and clarity. Its songs plumb dark depths, but they reflect light as well.

Okovi will be released September 8, 2017 via Sacred Bones with a world tour to follow. See below to find a show near you, and get your tickets HERE.

Zola Jesus 2017 Tour Dates
09/16 – Hudson, NY – Basilica Soundscape
09/21 – San Diego, CA – Casbah
09/22 – Phoenix, AZ – Valley Bar
09/23 – Santa Fe, NM – Meow Wolf
09/25 – Dallas, TX – Kessler Theater
09/26 – Austin, TX – North Door
09/27 – New Orleans, LA – Siberia
09/28 – Atlanta, GA – Aisle 5
09/29 – Asheville, NC – The Mothlight
09/30 – Washington, DC – U Street
10/01 – Boston, MA – ICA Boston
10/03 – Philadelphia, PA – PhilaMOCA
10/04 – Brooklyn, NY – Rough Trade
10/06 – Toronto, ON – Longboat Hall
10/07 – Detroit, MI – Assemble Sound Church
10/08 – Chicago, IL – Thalia Hall
10/09 – Madison, WI – Majestic Theatre
10/10 – St. Paul, MN – Amsterdam Bar & Hall
10/11 – Omaha, NE – Waiting Room
10/14 – Salt Lake City, UT – Amsterdam Bar & Hall
10/16 – Oakland, CA – Starline Social Club
10/17 – San Francisco, CA – Independent
10/19 – Seattle, WA – Crocodile
10/20 – Portland, OR – The Old Church
10/21 – Vancouver, BC – Venue
10/24 – Malmo, SE – Ikonst
10/25 – Gothenburg, SE – Nefertiti
10/26 – Copenhagen, DK – Jazzhouse
10/28 – Cologne, DE – Luxor
10/29 – Brighton, UK – The Haunt
10/31 – Glasgow, UK – St. Luke’s
11/01 – Manchester, UK – Band on the Wall
11/02 – Leeds, UK – Belgrave Music Hall
11/03 – Norwich, UK – Arts Centre
11/04 – Liverpool, UK – Stanley Theatre
11/06 – Dublin, IE – Whelan’s
11/07 – London, UK – Village Underground
11/08 – Paris, FR – Le Point Ephémère
11/12 – Geneva, CH – La Gravière
11/14 – Roma, IT – Monk
11/15 – Bologna, IT –  Locomotiv
11/16 – Bern, CH – Dampfzentrale
11/17 – Milan, IT – Magnolia
11/18 – Zagreb, HR – Mocvara
11/20 – Nuremburg, DE –  ZBau
11/21 – Vienna, AT – Fluc
11/22 – Berlin, DE – SO36
11/23 – Leipzig, DE – UT Connewitz
11/25 – Frankfurt, DE – Mousonturm
11/27 – Brussels, BE – Beursschouwburg
11/28 – Amsterdam, NL – Paradiso
11/29 – Hamburg, DE – Uebel & Gefahrlich 

Okovi Track List
1. Doma
2. Exhumed
3. Soak
4. Ash to Bone
5. Witness
6. Siphon
7. Veka
8. Wiseblood
9. NMO
10. Remains
11. Half Life

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