“Night” director Jacqueline Castel, who we’ve previously seen handling work by Blank Dogs, These Are Powers, U.S. Girls, and Moon Duo, says this new clip is “the product of 1980s futurism via nightmares, Cocteau, and the work of pornographer Rinse Dream.” She notes its “apocalyptic tone,” something present in most of the videos she shoots. Within this dark aesthetic, Zola Jesus, aka 21-year-old Former Ghost Nika Roza Danilova, is her perfect star. She’s sort of a goth My Brightest Diamond. Or a modern Jarboe. And she finds ways to weave plenty of bombastic spotlit pop into her stormy darkwave.

The Stridulum EP is out via Sacred Bones. It’s a great, bombastic little collection, one that’s being reissued (in Europe only) on 8/23 by the German label Souterrain Transmissions with a rerecording of 2009′s “Sea Talk” plus two additional tracks. Zola’s hitting the road:

06/17 – Toronto, ON @ Sneaky Dees (NXNE)
06/18 – Toronto, ON @ The Garrison (NXNE)
06/19 – Brooklyn, NY @ Glasslands Gallery #
06/25 – Minneapolis, MN @ 7th Street Entry $
06/26 – Madison, WI @ Project Lodge $
06/27 – Chicago, IL @ Schubas $
07/09 – New York, NY @ South Street Seaport !!
07/13 – New York, NY @ Terminal 5 %
07/25 – Portland, OR @ Holocene
07/30 – Oakland, CA @ Fox Theatre %
07/31 – Los Angeles, CA @ Wiltern Theater %
09/06 – Glasgow, UK @ O2 ABC ^^
09/08 – London, UK @ Brixton Academy ^^
09/09 – Paris, FR @ La Cigale ^^

# w/ EFFI BRIEST, Nice Face
$ w/ Dada Trash Collage, Jabon)
!! w/ Bear in Heaven
% w/ Wolf Parade
^^ w/ Fever Ray

Here’s the older “Clay Bodies” video, which Castel also shot:

Comments (3)
  1. Wow.. those dates with Fever Ray would be awesome.

  2. One of my favorite songs of this year.

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