Album Review: Poor Animal/I Can’t Stand (Singles) by Zola Jesus
Review by David Adair
Hovering, mildly brooding, synth pushed and occasionally soaring lounge/pop cries out feelings of bemusement and delusion at life and love through a new non-album track, Animal. Former opera student, Nika Roza puts in a controlled, well projected vocal performance, bouncing off the gliding synths and rat-tat-tat percussion to give her Zola Jesus project some sincerity, soul and ambience.
The lounge impetus continues in I Can’t Stand, as this offering from the lauded Stridulum II album, acts like a pat on the back for someone who has just lost out in the game of love. This Wisconsin born starlet provides an outlet for those who like reflection, meditation facilitation, soul and an atmospheric slant to their pop music.