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03/27/15 M4 Music Zurich, Switzerland
A darker version of Florence and the Machine is the typical quick to judge label on Zola Jesus. There is so much variety and dynamic to her songs no one should be quick to make comparisons because she is so unique. Her voice carries strong to an almost London Grammar-type level but has this obscure electronic trance that hits out of nowhere along with and incredible brass sound from the trombone. The strongest comparison to Zola is Karen Marie Ørsted (otherwise know as MØ) out of Denmark. Similar to Florence Welch, both singers are constantly flying around the stage waving their arms and giving an eye-grabbing stage performance.
Half of her set was from the new record, and one of the best moments of the show was when she came out into the crowd gave me a double high five then continued to the bar counter and showed us her moves. Her two-song encore were both tracks from her 2011 release, song titles ("Vessel" and "Skin").
I've been of fan of Zola the past four years and have missed two of her shows because I was out of town or sick. Her fourth release Conatus came out in 2011 was when I first started listing to her and instantly became a fan. That material was extremely dark with the drum and bass build up. She seems to have really grown the last three years into a more well-rounded artist, mixing more melodic sounds, horns, even just a true dance type vibe to her music.
This artist clearly deserves more attention and should be just as big as soon to be rival Florence and the Machine.
Fun fact: Zola Jesus has the one of the best-looking concert T-Shirts you can buy. My other favorites include Bombay Bicycle Club and The Maccabees.
Zola Jesus at Republic, New Orleans (01 Feb 2015)