Zola Jesus Buries the Guggenheim in Beauty in Live 'Avalanche (Slow)' Video

Performance's alternate arrangement helped inspire forthcoming 'Versions' collection

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Kyle McGovern WRITTEN BY
Kyle McGovern

Zola Jesus will soon unveil Versions, a 10-track album featuring alternate, uh, versions of some of her previously released material. Due August 20 via Sacred Bones Records, the upcoming LP recasts the singer's synth-heavy tunes as traditional string-laced compositions. The project grew out of Zola Jesus' 2012 live collaboration with J.G. Thirlwell at the Guggenheim Museum in New York City. Recently, Zola (a.k.a. Nika Roza Danilova) shared the Versions recording of "Avalanche (Slow)," a song that originally appeared on 2011's Conatus. Now she's followed that track with a video of her performing the tune at last year's Guggenheim show. Dressed completely in white and surrounded by a string section, Zola exposes the song's chilly heart with a whole new clarity. She said in a recent statement, "With all framework exposed, the songs are given a new medium in which to evolve and bloom into their own tiny worlds." Explore this frigid world via the above clip. Find tour dates below. 

Zola Jesus tour dates: 

September 12 - Philadelphia, PA @ International House
September 13 - Boston, MA @ Institute Contemporary Art Boston
September 14 - Brooklyn, NY @ Our Lady of Lebanon Cathedral
September 22 - Saint Paul, MN @ St. Paul Chamber Orchestra
September 26 - San Francisco, CA @ Palace of Fine Arts
September 27 - Hollywood, CA @ Masonic Lodge at Hollywood Forever
September 28 - Seattle, WA @ The Triple Door
October 3 - London, England @ Tabernacle
October 4 - Paris, France - Café de la Danse
October 5 - Berlin, Germany - Hau1
October 24 - Chicago, IL @ Garfield Park Observatory
October 25 - Washington, D.C. @ Hirshhorn Museum
October 26 - Asheville, NC @ Mountain Oasis Electronic Music Summit

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