Zola Jesus’ album ‘Arkhon‘ is pretty fantastic and I’ve often wondered what some of her songs would sound like stripped back to their bare bones. She took the opportunity to do just that when in Turkey shooting a music video by recording a live EP inside a 2,000-year-old chapel. It’s just Zola Jesus and a piano and the natural ambience of a wood fire in the background as the sound rings out in the natural chasms. Taking four songs, ‘Desire’, ‘Into The Wild’, ‘Siphon’ and ‘Skin’, the singer-songwriter gives an emotive and powerful performance that echoes through the halls. Its stark beauty really resonated with me and whilst I adore the tribal-synth gothic style of Zola Jesus’ musical musings, it is lovely to hear them in an organic style too.
‘Alive in Cappdocia’ is available to watch below and will be released as an EP on Friday. You can preorder this now. A magical performance indeed.
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