Our ethereal goddess is back. Zola Jesus has announced a new album due to be released on October 7th. Taiga, a follow-up to 2011’s Conatus, and is named after the Russian name for boreal forest. These forests grow both in her home of Northern Wisconsin, and in the place of birth of her ancestral origins in Russia. In a press release, Zola Jesus says that she feels like this album is her “true debut, because it’s the first time [she] has felt so open and liberated.”
Taiga was written on Vashon Island, WA and mixed in Los Angeles, CA by Dean Hurley. It is being released with indie label Mute.
Upon sharing the news, she also released a single to keep us grounded while we wait for her return this fall. Just one of the eleven tracks we are waiting to hear, “Dangerous Days” explores a more expansive approach to pop than she is used to. Working with producers among the likes of Orbital and M83, electronic instrumentals juxtapose her haunting voice. While the synth-pop queen is very much still going on the same direction for this next release, it’s interesting to see how an artist like her can work with so many sounds. The orchestral single is not to disappoint and we at BUST look forward to the release of the full length Taiga.
Photo via Mute.