Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Music Review for Zola Jesus Deserves Note

Zola Jesus (aka Nika Danalova)
Some of you know that son Nick plays in a band for Zola Jesus. I was reading a review of last Saturday's performance, where I came across some really remarkable writing by Julianne Escobedo Shepherd in a review in Fader .

"Nowhere was this most apparent than show-closer “Night,” the stricken, gorgeous plea that’s probably soundtracked a thousand illicit make-outs and maybe six or seven break-ups. She sounded like some kind of precious eagle flying through a canyon, strong and steadfast, harmonizing with her keyboardist in tragic minor keys. This woman’s voice doesn’t falter—no sour notes, no half-pitch slips—and with the high drama of marching drums and that crazy cloud sculpture, it felt like we were all following her into a magical cotton cave, where we’d form a cuddle puddle and everything would be weirdly, tragically okay."

I wonder if Julianne writes novels or maybe poetry.