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on deck: zola jesus at u street music hall

16 Feb

If you read my post about the David Lynch remix of Zola Jesus’ track “In Your Nature,” then you saw my excitement about tomorrow night’s show at U Street Music Hall unfold in real time. I was going nuts over an artist, only to discover a) she was coming to DC,  b) the show would be at one of my favorite venues, and c) it was part of a collaborative effort between three of my favorite venues (Black Cat + 930 Club + Uhall). Score on score on score.

Thankfully, that remix led me to do more than just buying two $15 tickets to her show (duh, steal). It led me to delve into the rest of her discography—an impressive 3 EPs (Tsar Bomba, Stridulum, Valusia), 3 LPs (New Amsterdam, Spoils, Conatus), and some various and sundries with other artists.

Only when I started talking to friends about my newfound obsession did I realize how hard it is to describe her sound. But the one point I always hit home? Obviously, her voice. What. A. Voice. After learning that Zola received extensive opera training as a child, it became easier to understand why this college-age electro-goth songstress’ voice had enough range, depth, and thunder to compete with any six-time Grammy winner (ahem). Fans of Florence and the Machine, take note.

It will be a refreshingly new experience to watch a slower and more calculated performance on Uhall’s normally bombastic stage. Nonetheless, the venue’s small space, dark lighting, and crystal-clear speakers provide the perfect atmosphere to see this lady bring down the house.

Watch the video, listen to the tracks, soak up the voice.

(Also check out BYT’s recent interview with the singer).