American singer-songwriter and producer Nicole Hummel aka Zola Jesus has shared ‘Soak,’ the second song from her forthcoming album Okovi, which is set for release Sept 8th. Furthering the intense narrative of Okovi, ‘Soak’ is written through the lens of serial killer’s victim, clinging to life and about to be dumped in the water.
“I was thinking about this crucial moment inside the victim’s mind, when she knows she’s going to die. She thinks back at her life and the futility of the decisions she made, when in the end her life would be cut short against her will,” says Zola Jesus of the track.
“What’s the point of trying to navigate life if you don’t even get to choose how it ends? Instead of letting her fate be determined by someone else, she takes back control and turns it around, so instead, in her mind, she is choosing to die. She lets the killer assist her in suicide, as she gets tossed into the water and slowly drowns.Through writing this song the story evolved within me, and I saw how it mirrored my own feelings inside.”
The 11 electronic-driven songs on Okovi are heavy, dark, and exploratory. With Okov, Zola Jesus has crafted a profound meditation on loss and reconciliation that stands tall alongside the major works of its genre. The album speaks of tragedy with great wisdom and clarity. Its songs plumb dark depths, but they reflect light as well.
This album is a deeply personal snapshot of loss, reconciliation, and a sympathy for the chains that keep us all grounded to the unforgiving laws of nature. To bring it to life, I decided to enlist the help of Alex DeGroot, who has been the only constant in my live band and helped mix the Stridulum EP back in 2010. It will be released on Sacred Bones, the closest group of people I’ll ever have to blood-bound family.”
Okovi will be released September 8, 2017 via Sacred Bones with a London show in November and more UK dates to be announced soon.
OKOVI TRACK LIST:
4. Ash to Bone
11. Half Life