Given the sheer force of the voice radiating from Zola Jesus, you’ll be surprised to know that the image in the above art work renders her size in real life. Perpetually black clad and belting out gale force operatic melisma while folding herself up into a tidy little bundle atop a bass amp, Nika Roza Danilova is impossible to get your eyes off live, where you may find yourself unwilling to discuss anything or anyone else for a good hour or two after. We’ve seen and heard “Night,” but “Sea Talk” is my favorite Z. Jesus track to date, spotlit pop careening out of stormy synths that hint at her darkwave bend and summon your inner new romantic goth kid, mascara romance on a track crossing Shara Worden with Jarboe and the Cure. Beween Nika and Tamaryn, we’re in the midst of a very good time for ladies making music to go goth to.
“Sea Talk” is a re-recording of a 2009 tune, one of three bonus tracks to the European reissue of Zola’s Stridium EP, titled Stridium II. It’s out this August via Sacred Bones.