Ominous thunder echoed by haunting, passionate vocals. Zola Jesus has only been on my radar recently with the release of her album Taiga. After some digging, I believe this is her strongest album yet. Thus, making now the perfect time to catch her live performance. I’m especially pleased to have seen this show in Seattle since Taiga was recorded nearby and Zola Jesus herself has become a resident as of late. One very interesting thing to note is that during the show there was incense burning on stage. This same incense was actually made locally in the Ballard neighborhood for her during the recording of the album. It was also available at the merch table for purchase. I had to have it.
At moments Zola Jesus commanded the audience to listen. Not in a bitchy or bossy way either. She just captivates in a way that you really don’t have the ability to look away. From her constant movement and head shaking to the time where she lowered the microphone and sang completely unplugged, she is both energetic and peaceful. And never have I seen such a heart pounding show that included a trombone in nearly every song. And in such a graceful background enhancing way.