New music: Zola Jesus – Poor Animal

Zola Jesus ensures the Return of Goth will involve much dancing

For those who didn't get the memo: goth is back. Yep, dig out your eyeliner pencil, grab a can of hairspray and don an oversized black jumper, it's time to get morose. Zola Jesus, aka Nika Roza Danilova, might look the part, but this taster from her forthcoming EP, Valusia, sounds jovial in comparison to the slow-burn doom-pop of the astonishing Stridulum II album. Poor Animal was produced by Chris Coady, who has previously worked with Yeah Yeah Yeahs and TV On the Radio, and is almost a full-on dance number, all pulsating beats and dramatic strings. Zola Jesus is still a goth, she's just wearing her dancing shoes under something floaty and made of black lace.

The Poor Animal/I Cant Stand limited edition 7" vinyl is released on 1 November through Souterrain Transmissions


Michael Cragg

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