Zola Jesus is not an indie artist. She is not an electronic artist. She is neither an industrial, goth, nor an experimental artist. She transcends these silly, superfluous labels like David Bowie, Diamanda Galas, Prince and Kate Bush before her. She fuses together too many musical elements to be instantly referential, and in an age where any genre of music can be readily accessed, Jesus comprises every artist, musician and writer she has encountered in her brief existence.
Today's shrinking world creates artists whose influences are not so easily spotted, and the new blueprint for musicians reflects our changing times. The days when broadcasting limitations produced listener fatigue are over; KTRU, oh how we miss you on the FM airwaves! The once great risk of shelling out hard-earned cash on an album only to discover that the lead single was a classic bait-and-switch (see Clash's Cut the Crap, Queen's Hot Space, and Radiohead's Pablo Honey) has been gratefully replaced with enough access to information to make educated selections.
That technology has generated this era's current cast of musicians is unquestionable, and Zola Jesus is no exception. But for her to mention bubblegum pop, Throbbing Gristle and Kate Bush as influences all in the same breath is truly emblematic of the times.More »