Like an unearthed audio experiment between Times New Viking and Siouxsie Sioux, or a bedroom recording of early Bjork, Zola Jesus’ “Sea Talk” creaks and crackles its way through orchestral pop with subtle mastery and surprising confidence. It is the sound of lo-fi curiosity meeting a fully, formed vision, with clanging sheet metal occupying the same space as delicate piano lines. It is the plea of an unbreakable voice sequestered in soul-wrechning, isolation, and the fleeting promise of beauty hidden in an increasingly ugly world. Both imperfect and resilient, “Sea Talk,” is the perfect song for the times we occupy.
MP3: Zola Jesus – Sea Talk