Last year, Zola Jesus released two absolutely bewitching EPs, Stridulum and Valusia, both of which moved away from the scraping noise of her origins to a dark, swirling synthpop that made amazing use of Nika Roza Danilova’s operatic howl. Those EPs pointed toward great things, and now Zola has finally given us Conatus, the album that delivers on their promise. We’ve already posted the early tracks “Vessel,” “Avalanche,” and “Seekir,” and now the entire album, which sounds heavy as fuck on first listen, is streaming at The Guardian, where you can also read Danilova’s track-by-track breakdown of it. The album-closing “Collapse” is just a monster.
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