Filed under: 2010 Top 25
More hipster business, this time another prolific artist, and another artist at least dipping a toe in the murky waters of goth. Zola Jesus has supported Fever Ray – that gives you a clue. Siouxsie also gets mentioned a lot as a reference point, which I think works best if you imagine a Siouxsie backed by Angelo Badalamenti (think of the woozy backing to Julee Cruise’s Falling and you’re halfway there). Some of the tracks, especially I Can’t Stand, could be turned into X-Factor power ballads in the hands of somebody much, much blander, but Ms Jesus underlays everything with crunchy beats and those sickly synths and ends up with something really very powerful.
I must also mention LA Vampires & Zola Jesus, a mini-album also released this year which – not entirely successfully – marries her voice to deep, distorted dub business. There’s some frightening bass levels on that, but it’s a little bit too formless to really impress.
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