Music Notes: Pitchfork Preview – Zola Jesus

With Pitchfork Music Festival only days away, it’s time to update your iPod and preview some of the incredible artists who’ll be playing in Union Park.

Zola Jesus’ sonorous vocals blend darkly brooding Russian tradition with the visceral and intensely atmospheric nature of being raised in the Wisconsin woods.  Sounding like something of a gothic Florence Welch, she began studying opera before turning 10, and started recording her own work in high school as Zola Jesus. By the time her second full-length album, Stridulum II, was released in 2010 the college student was already touring with artists that include Fever Ray and The xx.

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