Indiana. Singer of songs, raider of arks. Or so it says on her facebook.
Indiana is a self-taught Nottingham-born singer/songwriter, who first started playing piano when she accidentally stumbled upon her sister’s dusty piano in storage.
She played ‘Blind As I Am‘ at her first gig in the Old Market Square in Nottingham as part of the Future Sound of Nottingham semi-finals. We were there and it was truly amazing to watch Indiana combine her powerful vocals with beautifully delicate piano and electronica.
With ‘Blind As I Am’ announced as one of BBC Introducing Picks of 2013, Indiana’s new single ‘Mess Around’ is no exception.
The video for ‘Mess Around’ is dark and mysterious. Indiana switches between playing an ice queen and a wicked witch, both of whom are taunting what we can only assume is an ex-boyfriend. This is one dark electronic fairytale. All that is missing is the poisonous apple.
The ‘Mess Around’ EP has an expected release date of 27 October 2013 via Sony Music, but you can pre-order it on iTunes now. The single will be backed by remixes from Le Youth, Etherwood, Raider and Hucci.
Sounds like: OH Land, Portishead, Alex Clare, Jamie Woon, Zola Jesus
Russian-American born Nika Roza Dailove AKA, Zola Jesus, has unveiled new track ‘Fall Back’. It is from the new album ‘Versions’, due for release August 19 2013 on Sacred Bones Records and available to order here.
‘Fall back’ is, like the whole ‘Versions’ album, recorded with the legendary JG Thirlwell and the New York string group, Mivos Quartet. It is the only song out of the ten on ‘Versions’ which is completely new; the other nine as previous Zola Jesus songs, arranged for string quartet.
Throughout ‘Fall back’ we hear the signature mournful, emotive vocals of Nika, which are wonderfully capturing. The string addition doesn’t really seem to be working in harmonic unison with her vocals, instead it sounds like there are two contrasting songs being played at the same time. The violin melody in particular just sounds like it is hitting the wrong notes at times. Perhaps the desired effect was to have a clash of juxtaposing, disjointed notes and unconventional chord sequences, but it’s not for someone who loves the beauty of Zola Jesus’ epic harmonies. It is however, still a very beautiful song; highly progressive and the chorus introductions are most satisfyingly uplifting. The discordant feel of the tune emulates the subject of the song which cries mournfully throughout, ‘I would do anything to be with you’.