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Zola Jesus, Deradoorian Staff Pick

When: Mon., Jan. 12, 8 p.m. 2015
Price: $15
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Talk about getting back to nature to find inspiration. To write the music that would eventually become her latest album, Taiga—her fifth, released in October—Nika Roza Danilova, aka Zola Jesus, left her home in hectic Los Angeles and relocated to the remote forest-covered island of Vashon in the Puget Sound for nine months. There in the untamed boreal forest of the taiga, she connected to an ecosystem she'd become familiar with from growing up in the woods of Wisconsin. The creative result was "an effort to try to make the most massive record I could," Danilova says in her online bio. And that drive definitely shows; Taiga is a continuation of her dark synth-pop sound, but with clearer vocals and new instrumental power, as heard on the shimmering single "Dangerous Days." Brooklyn musician Deradoorian will open. (Kolbie Stonehocker)
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