The New York Times Magazine is currently premiering the video for Zola Jesus' "Vessel". It's the first clip from her Conatus LP, which was released today on Sacred Bones.
Known for her huge operatic voice and gothic-pop soundscapes, this track from Zola Jesus feels particularly desolate with its industrial beat and sharp, mostly monotone vocal performance. Its video—filmed in the New Mexico desert, according to the accompanying interview—is dark with a two tone color-palate and expansive shots of Jesus (née Nika Roza Danilova) standing amidst strange manipulated landscapes. There's also a bunch of weird interspersed scenes in what looks like a dungeon. It's a distinctive music video for one of the more shadowy, sullen songs on the new album (if you're looking for something more upbeat, give a listen to "Seekir").
The short interview provides some interesting context to both the song and video. For instance: "...the white-banded sphinx moth was used to symbolize the otherworldliness of dreams, secret knowledge and an underlying metamorphosis that this particular moth goes through in underground desert chambers." Okay!
Zola Jesus brings her white-banded sphinx moth to Mississippi Studios this
Friday. Thursday! She plays Thursday 10/6.