Lead single and album opener "Lost" is sure to catch the attention of the soundtrack curator of any A24 film; its unsettling backing vocals paired with sharp, staccato breaths could legitimately be found on "Midsommar" or any movie set out to cause anxiety. Not only are its lyrics of Millennial burnout brilliant and timely, it's a masterclass in atmosphere. "Everyone I know is lost / Flare gone missing, turning dark," she sings, holding onto her vowels long enough for the driving beat to take hold.
A stripped back approach sees Nika Rosa Danilova forge a new way forward out of the darkness on sixth album Ever since she started releasing music as Zola Jesus in 2009 Nika Rosa Danilova has been a compelling idiosyncratic presence in alt-pop. Sometimes in the more experimental margins and sometimes drifting into more mainstream consciousness, she’s always made diverse and emotionally rich music and her journey has been long and creatively fulfilling. Arkhon is the sixth Zola Jesus album and it finds the artist exploring new ways of moulding, sharpening and refining a long established aesthetic.