Nika is the 25-year-old sole singer and songwriter behind
Zola Jesus. Her new album Taiga is at once challenging and
accessible, and is undeniably branded with what Nika terms a
''piercing ambition.'' Such encompassing purpose, she explains,
would be impossible without a newfound sense of personal
and artistic self. The album is a declaration of that purpose;
one laced with jarring clarity in both its content and production.
Taiga, the Russian name for a boreal forest pays homage to
Nika's Russian roots and her time spent growing up in rural
Wisconsin on a 100-acre farm.
For Nika, Taiga is a leap that reflects a fearlessness to be
earnest and open, an approach that is immediately evidenced
in the album's first single, ''Dangerous Days,'' an undeniably
hook ridden four-on-the-floor smash. Nika wrote the album
on Vashon Island, a densely-wooded enclave in Puget Sound
with no bridges connecting it to the mainland. Nika was
also influenced by her time in Iceland, Vermont, and British
Columbia and the album conjures these places while creating
a unique sonic space of its own that each listener can travel to,
explore, hide in, and celebrate.
After leaving Vashon, Nika mixed the album in Los Angeles
with engineer and co-producer Dean Hurley who helped bring
her vision into sharp focus.
For fans of: Bat For Lashes, Grimes, M83, &
Florence and the Machine
2. Dangerous Days
5. Go (Blank Sea)
9. Long Way Down
11. It's Not Over
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