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Zola Jesus announces new album on Sacred Bones & tour, shares “Exhumed”

Zola Jesus

Yesterday it was revealed that Zola Jesus is playing the 2017 Basilica Soundscape festival, and today she announced a new album. It’s called Okovi and it comes out on September 8 and marks her return to Sacred Bones, after she signed to Mute for 2014’s Taiga. (This follows her recent performance at the Sacred Bones 10th anniversary show.) Main member Nika Roza Danilova made the album with longtime live member Alex DeGroot, as well as WIFE, Shannon Kennedy (of Pedestrian Deposit), and percussionist Ted Byrnes. That’s the artwork above and you can check out the tracklist below.

The first single is “Exhumed,” which is darker and more aggressive than the Taiga stuff, and a very fitting lead single for her return to Sacred Bones. The big, bold, faux-orchestral synths and clattering percussion are the perfect backdrop for Nika’s soaring voice, which sounds as stunning as ever on “Exhumed.” Listen below.

Also, it turns out that Basilica Soundscape is the first date of a lengthy North American tour that Zola will be on through late October. The tour includes a Brooklyn show on October 4 at Rough Trade with noise artist John Wiese (of Sissy Spacek, Bastard Noise, and more). Tickets for that show go on sale Friday (6/9) at noon with an AmEx presale starting Wednesday (6/7) at noon. All dates are listed below.

Zola is also one of the many artists releasing an Adult Swim single this year.

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Zola Jesus — 2017 Tour Dates
09/16 – Hudson, NY – Basilica Soundscape
09/21 – San Diego, CA – Casbah
09/22 – Phoenix, AZ – Valley Bar
09/23 – Santa Fe, NM – Meow Wolf
09/25 – Dallas, TX – Kessler Theater
09/26 – Austin, TX – North Door
09/27 – New Orleans, LA – Siberia
09/28 – Atlanta, GA – Aisle 5
09/29 – Asheville, NC – The Mothlight
09/30 – Washington, DC – U Street
10/01 – Boston, MA – ICA Boston
10/03 – Philadelphia, PA – PhilaMOCA
10/04 – Brooklyn, NY – Rough Trade
10/06 – Toronto, ON – Longboat Hall
10/07 – Detroit, MI – Assemble Sound Church
10/08 – Chicago, IL – Thalia Hall
10/09 – Madison, WI – Majestic Theatre
10/10 – St. Paul, MN – Amsterdam Bar & Hall
10/11 – Omaha, NE – Waiting Room
10/14 – Salt Lake City, UT – Amsterdam Bar & Hall
10/16 – Oakland, CA – Starline Social Club
10/17 – San Francisco, CA – Independent
10/19 – Seattle, WA – Crocodile
10/20 – Portland, OR – The Old Church
10/21 – Vancouver, BC – Venue
11/07 – London, UK – Village Underground

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