Album Review : Stridulum EP - Zola Jesus 5*
For Fans Of : Siouxsie And The Banshees, Bauhaus, Cocteau Twins, Alice Moving Under Skies
Genres, genres, genres, nobody making music likes to be pigeonholed, yet genres make it easier for us to describe the sound of a new act to someone who has not hear them. I would say Zola Jesus, real name Nika Roza Danilova, is firmly in the resurgent Electro Goth camp, there are those however who would have you believe that this is a new and previously undiscovered style of dark music called crimsonwave, it isn't. It does have a bit of shoegaze about it though.
Musically, this is one person, a drum machine and some keyboards, it's all done in a flowing but rather slow and leaden style. There are some similarities to Siouxsie, but it is like the Banshees with all the fun sucked out. Zola Jesus suffers from suffering too much, this is all tremendously depressing, slow as a funeral cortege, downbeat and I'm afraid a little dull.
Danilova can certainly sing, but she needs to inject some more punch in to her songs to make them memorable.