Taiga Album ArtStream Zola Jesus' new album TAIGA, before it’s October 7th release!

Zola Jesus’ fifth studio album, TAIGA, out October 7th on Mute has been called her “most profound, accessible release to date” by Billboard and “a surprising set of 11 pop songs, replete with catchy beats and stuck-in-your-head hooks,” by Rolling Stone.  Paste says, "The whole album thrives on a sense of clarity for the singer/songwriter."   Zola Jesus unveiled her already critically-acclaimed album TAIGA via The New York Times' Press Play series, check it out here.  

Nika relocated to Vashon Island in the Puget Sound to fully immerse herself in the environment from which the music was inspired. The taiga is the world’s largest terrestrial biome; a wild boreal forest covering large portions of Russia, referred to as the Northwoods where it connects in North America, including all of Canada and large portions of Eurasia. Nika grew up on several acres of land in the northwoods of Wisconsin.  She has always felt its pull. Her Russian ancestors extend the taiga’s bloodline throughout several generations. To Nika, the taiga represents boundlessness; no law, just survival - at once innocent and raw, embodying naivety from its purity, yet at its core unforgiving and savage.

After leaving Vashon, Nika tracked and mixed the album in Los Angeles with co-producer Dean Hurley (David Lynch, Danger Mouse, Sparklehorse). At once challenging and accessible, TAIGA is a transition for Zola Jesus. Described by the artist herself: “The music on the record is massive, with big brass and beats, crystal clear vocals.”

Zola Jesus’ highly anticipated record release tour begins just after the record release, hitting major cities in the US, UK and Europe.  Opening acts Operators, Leech, The-Drum, Martin Rev (Suicide) & Lee Bannon have been confirmed on US tour dates.  For the US and London shows, Nika will also be joined on stage by a live brass ensemble, under direction from talented brass arranger and tubist Joe Exley.  Nika elaborates, “I’ve also been working closely with lighting designer Sarah Landau and stage designer Carl Robertshaw, to create a visual environment that mimics the architects and sculpture artists that inspired me while writing the record. It’s so exciting to finally bring these ideas to fruition and share them with you in person.”

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Catch Zola Jesus with TAIGA this fall:

10/8 – San Francisco, CA – Bimbo’s with Operators

10/9 – Los Angeles, CA – El Rey with Leech

10/16 – Chicago, IL – Thalia Hall with The-Drum

10/17 – Washington, DC – Hirshhorn Museum

10/19 – New York, NY – Webster Hall with Martin Rev (Suicide) & Lee Bannon

10/29 – Bristol, England – Colston Hall

10/30 – Leeds, England – Belgrave Music Hall

10/31 – Glasgow, Scotland – Stereo

11/1 – Manchester, England – Manchester Cathedral - Columns

11/4 – Paris, France – Badaboum

11/5 – Strasbourg, France – La Laiterie

11/6 – St Gallen, Switzerland - Palace

11/7 – Geneva, Switzerland – l’Usine

11/8 – Reims, France – La Cartonnerie

11/10 – Köln, Germany – Gebäude 9

11/11 – Berlin, Germany – Berghain

11/12 – Hamburg, Germany – Uebel and Gefährlich

11/13 – Frankfurt, Germany - Zoom

11/14 – Brussels, Belgium – La Nuit Botanique

11/15 – Amsterdam, Netherlands - Melkweg

11/18 – London, England - KOKO

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