Zola Jesus is still pumping out videos for songs off her latest album, Taiga, which came out last October. The last one we got was back in January when “Hunger” was released as a single, and now “Nail” is being given the same treatment. It shares the same shadowy subtlety as the rest of Zola Jesus’ visuals from this era, and was directed by long-time collaborator Jacqueline Castel. Here’s how Castel describes the video in a press release:
The video for ‘Nail’ conceptually explores the dualistic themes of vulnerability and strength, bondage and freedom, death and rebirth in parallel to the lyrical content of the song. “Performing within a custom made sensory deprivation bed built by S&M pioneers Kink Engineering, Nika was sealed between sheets of opaque black latex with a high powered shop vac for each take – a physically aggressive and demanding form of restraint that requires breathing through rubber tubing constructed within the bed. Stripped of the superfluities of the flesh, her performance reveals the surreality of the dehumanized form.
“Nail” will be released as a digital EP featuring an unreleased track called “Circles” and a Xanopticon remix of “Go” on 9/18 via Mute.