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Announcing: The Zola Jesus Diaries

Announcing: The Zola Jesus Diaries

Starting next Tuesday, Zola Jesus (Nika Danilova) will launch The Zola Jesus Diaries, a three-episode residency where she will take listeners through her favorite songs past and present, discuss her influences, and give an in depth track-by-track overview of her new album Arkhon,” which will be released on June 24, 2022.

“I’m really excited to debut the Zola Jesus Diaries on Blast Radio and to be using their unique format; it calls back to pirate radio and the ephemeral experience of listening into a live broadcast. Each show will cover different aspects of my music and my new album Arkhon, I can’t wait to take listeners on this journey."

Episode Details:

  • Tue June 14 @ 12 pm EST – The Zola Jesus Diaries Episode 1
    In the inaugural episode of the Zola Jesus Diaries, Nika explores favorite tracks both from her new album Arkhon and her catalog, sharing what has made these songs stand outs.
  • Tue June 21 @ 12 pm EST – The Zola Jesus Diaries Episode 2
    In the second episode of the Zola Jesus Diaries, Nika focuses on her influences, taking you on a musical journey that spans the globe and the ages.
  • Tue June 28 @ 12 pm EST – The Zola Jesus Diaries Episode 3
    In the final episode of the Zola Jesus Diaries, Nika takes you behind her new album Arkhon, playing the album in its entirety and sharing a detailed track by track.

About Zola Jesus: 

There is a way a voice can cut through the fascia of reality, cleaving through habit into the raw nerve of experience. Nika Roza Danilova, the singer, songwriter, and producer who since 2009 has released music as Zola Jesus, wields a voice that does that. When you hear it, it is like you are being summoned to a place that’s already wrapped inside you but obscured from conscious experience. This place has been buried because it tends to hold pain and Zola Jesus’s new album, Arkhon, finds new ways of loosing this submerged, stalled pain. 

On previous albums, Danilova had largely played the role of auteur, meticulously crafting every aspect of Zola Jesus’s sound and look. This time, she realized that her habitual need for control was sealing her out of her art. Arkhon sees Zola Jesus’s first collaboration with producer Randall Dunn (Sunn O))), Earth, Mandy and Candyman soundtracks) and with drummer and percussionist Matt Chamberlain, whose prior work appears on albums by Fiona Apple, Bob Dylan, and David Bowie

Arkhon reveals itself as an album whose power derives from abandon. Both its turmoils and its pleasures take root in the body, letting individual consciousness dissolve into the thick of the beat. Despite the darkness curled inside reality, there is power, too, in surrendering to what can’t be pinned down, to the wild unfurling of the world in all its unforeseeable motion. That letting go is the crux of Arkhon, which marks a new way of moving and making for Zola Jesus. 

Get notifications when she goes live by following her (username: zolajesus) in the Blast Radio mobile app (iOS / Android).

Photo by: Shervin Lainez 

About Arkhon: 

The 6th full length studio album from Zola Jesus, arkhon is set to be released on June 24, 2022. 

Pre-order the album here -

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