01/16 – Tomorrow Never Knows Festival
01/17 – St. Louis, MO – Ready Room
01/18 – Tomorrow Never Knows Festival
01/19 – Ferndale, MI – The Loving Touch
01/20 – Columbus, OH – Skully’s
01/22 – Toronto, ON – The Drake
01/23 – Montreal, QC – Phi Centre
01/24 – Providence, RI – Fete Ballroom
01/27 – Philadelphia, PA – Union Transfer
01/28 – Baltimore, MD - Ottobar
01/29 – Washington, DC – Black Cat
01/30 – Durham, NC – Motorco Music Hall
01/31 – Atlanta, GA – Terminal West
02/02 – Houston, TX – Fizgerald’s
02/03 – Austin, TX – The Mohawk
02/04 - Dallas, TX – The Loft
02/06 – Phoenix, AZ – Crescent Ballroom
This time around, Angel brought her sister along for this tour, the two often would harmonize or dueling vocals. Their thirty minute set consists of some tribal-inspired percussions, echo effects, and a few unconventional instruments. You get the impression that the two could make anything into an instrument of music.
The stage setup had unique stage light satellite with one humongous geometric-shaped in the background. The partial paper, partial plastic shapes seemed very DIY to me, and I can picture Danilova hand making and designing these things herself.
Zola Jesus' bruised knees
The rest of the band was tight, I got the feeling that they probably play the same set list every night. Between songs, there were often pre-recorded loops... and sometime with some strong trumpet intros. Musically, it sounded like a lost Bjork album... at least the music sounding like it was not from America.
And, of course, one look at the set list, you can see that they played basically the entire Taiga (leaving out only two songs). The middle part of her set were songs from Stridulum II and the encore was taken from her third album Conatus.
Possibly my favorite moment in the show was the a cappella intro to "Nail". At that moment, the entire audience went absolutely quiet, clinging on to every note.
If you love Zola Jesus' fifth studio album Taiga, you really need to see her live on tour. Part of her performance was captured from Webster Hall in New York for the music video to her latest single, "Go (Blank Sea)" - courtesy of director Mark Zemel. See it online and you'll get an idea of what it is like to see Zola Jesus in person.
Both Go (Blank Sea) EP featuring the single b/w remixes from Diplo and Skin Town and Taiga are available commercially on Mute.
Zola Jesus at Cedar Cultural Center, Minneapolis (15 Jan 2015)