Zola Jesus Is Sweet Like A Siren, Yet Powerful Like A Banshee Zole Jesus Opens Up For The Cult On The Sonic Temple 30 Anniversary Tour
LOS ANGELES, CA –
“…A prerecorded drum track began to play as Nicole Hummel (p/k/a “Zola Jesus a/k/a Nika Danilova), crept on stage, draped in a yellow chiffon cover over what I can only describe as a “Poison Ivy” style bodysuit. Her long black hair hung over her face like “Samara Morgan” from the movie, “The Ring.” She joined her guitarist and violinist already in place on stage.
To be honest, I was skeptical of what this trio of musicians would bring. But as she reached her mic, and began to sing over her haunting compositions, I became increasingly interested. Her voice is beguiling. Both sweet like a siren and powerful like a banshee, (not shrill or unpleasing, but strong). Her music is an amalgam of electronic, industrial and goth elements.
I am unclear as to the order or names of her songs, but I went back to listen again to her music and I particularly liked her recording “Exhumed”. Zola Jesus’ music delivers an exquisitely ethereal musical painting that provokes an emotional connection in me, even as a first time listener…”