Zola Jesus #15 - Avalanche (Slow)

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When Zola Jesus released a live, re-worked version of "Trust Me" a few months back little did I know that it would be an aperitif to news of a new album Versions (due August 20th via Sacred Bones), an album which sees Nika revisit tracks from previous albums Conatus and Stridulum with new arrangements and a string quartet...

The first preview from the release is this utterly beautiful, goosebump inducing version of "Avalanche", slowed down with the original's pummeling synth menace gone, instead comes a bare-boned, heart of the sleeve vocal with Nika's voice crystal clear and pure emotion amongst equally stark, ethereal instrumentation from the string section - the sort of thing that can bring tears to grown men.