“Changes” represented a drastic change for Black Sabbath. On their 1972 album Vol. 4, the metal inventors briefly halted their bottomless doom-crunch for a moment of tender, fragile beauty. Over an echoing mellotron and a florid piano, Ozzy Osbourne sang about a soul-shattering breakup. There’s no guitar on the song at all. Drummer Bill Ward … More »
Producer Randall Dunn has worked with metal and indie acts like Sunn O))), Wolves In The Throne Room, Anna Von Hausswolff, and Marissa Nadler, and last week, he put out his debut solo album Beloved. Timm Mason, Jeremiah Cymerman, Eyvind Kang, and Algiers’ Frank Fisher all contributed to the LP, and on closing track “A … More »
Alright, goth kids; I know you try real hard to frown in photos and avoid gleefulness, but even y’all have got to crack a smile when you hear about this. Prince of mascara tears Johnny Jewel has done not one, not two, but seven bang-on remix jobs on two tracks from Zola Jesus’s record of magnum malaise, Okovi. Theeeeeere’s that smile!
Wiseblood (Johnny Jewel Remixes) is OUT NOW via the coven label Sacred Bones and the aptly named Italians Do It Better. Future-friendly goths can stream it on Apple Music or Spotify or check out just one of the many cold, synthy remixes of “Wiseblood” from Jewel down below. If you’re what we call “analogue goth,” you can get the EP on vinyl on January 25. The wait will just make the emotions more potent, believe me.
Pretending to be an ’80s maxi single (typical Johnny), the EP consists of seven remixed versions of two songs: “Wiseblood” and “Ash to Bone.” Stick that in your pipe and smoke it, stupid parents.
The track streaming below also appears in Felix Van Groeningen’s new film, Beautiful Boy, starring Timothée Chalamet and Steve Carell. It’s about a father who cannot understand the life of his troubled teenage son. So…you know…the joke kinda writes itself here.
Before you start your makeup routine, go ahead and pre-order the album now. If you use your parents’ money, it’s more punk-rock.
Wiseblood (Johnny Jewel Remixes) tracklisting:
01. Ash to Bone (Johnny Jewel Remix)
02. Wiseblood (Johnny Jewel Alternate Version)
03. Ash to Bone (Johnny Jewel Remix Instrumental)
04. Wiseblood (Johnny Jewel Remix)
05. Ash to Bone (Johnny Jewel Drumless Version)
06. Wiseblood (Johnny Jewel Remix Instrumental)
07. Wiseblood (Johnny Jewel Film Edit)
Zola Jesus and Johnny Jewel are a match made in swirling, atmospheric goth heaven. Jewel is the man behind Chromatics, Glass Candy, and a whole ton of other smeary, synthy projects. He is a baron of music that sounds good while you’re driving late at night through abandoned city streets. Zola Jesus, meanwhile, has one … More »
Zola Jesus, who also goes by Yung Zeej, Lil’ Zoji, and Baba Yaga Balladeer, has released a celestial, slowed-down remix to Zedd‘s #5 Billboard chart-topper, “Middle,” featuring Maren Morris. From the original’s 107 bpm, the remake slows everything down to around a melting 85 bpm. The vocals are doused in reverb while melodic bass and deep percussion lay the foundation, creating a zero gravity atmosphere. Strings are introduced at the chorus, evoking cinematic sensations.
On Soundcloud, she writes “i’m losing my mind, just a little.” At speeds that slow, there’s time to take in each and every detail from the static noise to the purposefully-placed acapella anomalies. The entire song carries a beautifully tortured sentiment through its emotive harmonies and longing delicacy. Fingers crossed Zedd approves this as an official remix.
Zedd and Maren Morris’ “The Middle” has become a welcome grocery store aisle music respite, and today the hit song has gotten a remix courtesy of, weirdly enough, Zola Jesus. The Nicole Hummel-led project put out their most recent album, Okovi, last year, and this year they’ve been remixing the likes … More »
Adult Swim is still principally a collection of absurd television shows (I think), but there’s no ignoring the brand’s increasingly prevalent foray into an artistic form that tends to touch our emotional cores a bit more than prepubescent meatballs. I’m talking about music, of course — and it’s certainly possible that you’ve come across or even listened to the Adult Swim Singles Program, which debuted eight years ago as an annual playlist of new music from artists that even we snobby jerks at TMT would recommend without caveats.
LOGICALLY, then, the next step after these extreme musical indulgences would be an actual music festival…hmm…perhaps in Los Angeles…and perhaps called Adult Swim Festival?
Boom: The first annual Adult Swim Festival is set to take place October 6-7 in the ROW DTLA district, and though the lineup is still literally filled with question marks, many noteworthy artists have also been announced. Attendees can look forward to headliner Run the Jewels (who have a longstanding connection with AS), Julianna Barwick, Zola Jesus, Thundercat, Wavves, D∆WN, Com Truise, Big Freedia, and more. Some comedic performances are also scheduled. Single day passes are currently $75, and weekend passes (which include entry to the Friday preview day) are $230.
Go here for more info, and check out the festival trailer — as well as some relevant music from a few of the artists in the lineup — below:
Johnny Jewel remixed Zola Jesus’ “Ash To Bone,” off of her 2017 release Okovi, which made it onto our 50 Best Albums list. The duo debuted the remix today accompanied by a video co-directed by Nika Roza Danilova (Zola Jesus herself) and Jenni Hensler. The clip mirrors the intensity of the track, which … More »
Last year, Fuck Buttons’ Ben Power released his latest Blanck Mass album, World Eater. It found Power moving the project forward, leaping from its noise origins into a dancier, but no less haunting place. And today, he’s released a surprise epilogue to the collection: a digital-only EP titled World Eater Re-Voxed. More »
Nika Roza Danilova has been recording and performing under her Zola Jesus moniker for more than a decade. Now, she’s rising from the depths of her darkest release Okovi with “Bound.”
“Bound” is Adult Swim’s Single Series’ latest installment and it’s a sound encapsulation of the noisy, avant-garde flavor that Zola Jesus is known for.
Despite Danilova’s current sonic proclivities, the artist originally began as a classically trained opera singer. When her experimental interests began to pervade her work she moved towards a series of lo-fi releases that pitted her soaring vocals against harsh industrial clatter and gritty synths.
A year after her return to the Wisconsin woods in which she was raised and her imprint Sacred Bones Records — which boasts experimental evangelists like Blanck Mass and industrial heavyweights like The Soft Moon and Jenny Hval — Zola Jesus announced she’ll also be following up Okovi with the LP’s B-sides, Okovi: Additions.
Zola Jesus’ B-sides project will pair four previously unreleased Okovi outtakes with remixes and will be released April 6.
Photo Credit: Tim Saccenti / Michael Cina