On her new album Taiga, the former noise-goth queen Zola Jesus moves completely into the light, delivering an LP’s worth of music that welcomes way more than it repels. The songs on Taiga, like “Go (Blank Sea)” and the glorious first single “Dangerous Days,” still have that old epic, slow-motion incandescence to them. But the arrangements are cleaner and clearer than they’ve ever been, and they do more to highlight the melodies. Meanwhile, the mix foregrounds Nika Roza Danilova’s enormous voice; it’s way more prominent than it’s been on previous Zola Jesus records. And right now, you can stream the full album at The New York Times.
Taiga is out 10/7 on Mute.