Since the release of her debut album ‘The Spoils’, many have found it hard to say whether Zola Jesus‘ ethereal sound better embodies a dream or a nightmare. Rife with psychedelic reverb, her songs shift and evolve as they run their course, often culminating in a howling, spinning climax that makes one feel as though they’ve fallen down the rabbit hole for good. As other-worldly as she may seem, the Russian-American singer (known to her mother as Nika Roza Danilova) taps into her earthly roots with the haunting new video for Vessel, directed by Jacqueline Castel of New York’s Future Primitive Films.
Futuristic and Medieval at once, Vessel takes us on a journey through caves, lakes, mountains and desert. This is the fourth video that Castel has directed for Zola Jesus and it’s clear that the aesthetic and sound are inextricably interdependent. Castel’s previous videos also focused on evoking the supernatural, the dark and the fantastical, but each video still obtains a very unique feel from the last. As Vessel explores the natural world (drenched in ghostly green light) we see the evolution of a moth as the world surrounding the creature crumbles.
Vessel is the new single from Zola Jesus’ recently released third album, ‘Conatus’, out now through Sacred Bones records.