I'm absolutely enthralled to a seriously disturbing degree with Zola Jesus' recently-released Stridulum E.P. There's something magical in the blackness of these 6 songs, where Zola's Nika Roza Danilova, a 20-year old with a voice aged and weary beyond her years (and beyond this existence) punched by tribal percussion, loses herself to total immersion in cavernous synth washes. Stridulum is a glorious sound of night-time soul, and now there's a video for its kickoff track, "Night".
Danilova gets transported into a land of darkness, black and silver, like an electric Alice in Wonderland for the Glasslands set (and, to wit, she'll be playing Glasslands on June 19), visually narrating her tale of love that can never be. "At the end of the night," she sings, "when all we have is through." It's a finality that lingers like the moment the song ends.