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Zola Jesus On World Cafe | March 21, 2012

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Nika Roza Danilova, known on stage as Zola Jesus, has crafted an experimental, genre-straddling sound which incorporates Gothic rock, lo-fi acoustic music, orchestral instrumentals, ambient electronic sounds and strong, diva-esque vocals. She's released three full-length studio albums in the span of three years, and each has sounded more purposeful and powerful than the last.

Zola Jesus' latest record, Conatus, marks a new stage in her career. Named for a philosophy of innate drive and determination, Conatus has helped transplant Zola Jesus' electronic experimentalism out of obscurity and into international acclaim. Released last October, it's ferocious, yet also more pop-driven than its predecessors.

In this interview, host David Dye sits down with Zola Jesus to discuss her efforts to break out of her comfort zone — both in habit and in music — as well as her influential childhood in Wisconsin. Zola Jesus and her band also play songs from Conatus and describe the philosophical roots of her moniker. (via World Cafe)


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Aimee Mann "Say Anything" Whatever
Sinead O'Connor "Old Lady" How About I Be Me
Foster the People "Don't Stop" Torches
Calexico "Two Silver Trees" Carried to Dust
((Zola Jesus "Vessel" Recorded Live for the World Cafe))
Zola Jesus "In Your Nature" Recorded Live for the World Cafe
Zola Jesus "Vessel" Recorded Live for the World Cafe
Zola Jesus "Skin" Recorded Live for the World CafÈ
((Zola Jesus "In Your Nature" Recorded Live for the World CafÈ))
The Rolling Stones "All Down the Line" Exile On the Main Street
Zeus "Are You Gonna Waste My Time" Busting Visions
Destroyer "Chinatown" Kaputt 192
Fleetwood Mac "The Chain" The Chain Sampler
Norah Jones "Happy Pills" Broken Hearts


Broken Social Scene "7/4 (Shoreline)" Broken Social Scene
The Alabama Shakes "Hold On" EP
Left Lane Cruiser "Hip Hop" Junkyard Speed
Kurt Vile "In My Time" Single
Radiohead "Staircase" Single
((Ratatat "Mirando" LP3))
Gotye "Somebody That I Used to Know" Kimbra
Bryan Ferry "The Right Stuff" Bete Noire
Belly "Feed the Tree" Star
White Rabbits "Temporary" Milk Famous
((Jeremy Messersmith "Light Rain" The Silver City))
Rhett Miller "Out of Love" The Dreamer
Ariel Pink's Haunted House "Bright Lit Blue Skies" Before Today
The Jayhawks "She Walks In So Many Ways" Mockingbird Time
Jack White "Love Interruption" Love Interruption
Pearl Jam "Elderyly Woman Behind" VS.
((Vietnam "Apocalypse" Vietnam))