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In her latest EP, Valusia, American singer/songwriter Nika Roza Danilova, aka Zola Jesus, defies the idea of traditional psychadelia. Her riveting, unapologetic vocals explode amidst the vibrant summersaulting of electronica.
Danilova’s originality is unmatched in the world of lo-fi, demonstrating her pure artistic talent as she intertwines piano, brass and strings with her guttural vocals. Though a synthesizer makes a brief appearance, auto-tune is nowhere to be found.
Overall, Valusia is a success, with the only complaint being the lack of songs on the EP. If Danilova can do this well with four songs, I’d like to see what she can do with a full album.
Check out the ethereal "Sea Talk":