Zola Jesus (given name: Nika Rosa Danilova) is not unlike an experimental one-woman symphony, with her lush, opera-influenced vocals soaring through perceptive lyrical meditations and seamlessly woven into a colorful aural tapestry. The Wisconsin native’s latest release, last year’s well-received Taiga (her first for Mute Records), is an 11-song package that is equal parts Pop influence and avant-garde Electronic exploration. Jesus’s unique sound has matured since the last time she was in Cincinnati (in 2012), with her creating hypnotic soundscapes that run the gamut from the booming brass and hints of Classical music in “Hollow” to powerful Pop balladry of “Dangerous Days.” Belonging to the current musical undergrad class of elegant, vocally-gifted artists with something deep to say (like Perfume Genius, Warpaint and Austra), Jesus will leave your ears ringing and your mind a little more open.
YOU’LL DIG IT IF YOU DIG: Florence and the Machine, Kate Bush, Grimes, Perfume Genius. (LS)