July 11, 2014
Monitoring: Zola Jesus - "Dangerous Days"
Nika Roza Danilova (better known as Zola Jesus) has always specialized in somewhat dark music that doesn't shy away from pop and dance tropes. The debut single from Zola Jesus' Mute debut Taiga is one of her most accessible tracks to date, coupling Danilova's commanding vocal presence with a driving beat and some foreboding synths. Really, the song isn't too far removed from some of the more adventurous artists that inhabit the Top 40—in fact she's gunning for the top of the Billboard charts. It's certainly not an indication that Danilova is sacrificing her vision. Rather, it's a sign that pop music might finally be catching up to her.
Taiga will be released by Mute on October 7.