|1||Too Much Talking|
|2||I'm A Big Boy Now|
|4||Not That Kind|
|5||Leaving For The Last Time|
|8||Big Man Say|
|10||Silly Young Lover|
The album speaks of tragedy with great wisdom and clarity. Its songs plumb dark depths, but they reflect light as well. ARTIST STATEMENT: Last year, I moved back to the woods in Wisconsin where I was raised. Okovi was fed by this return to roots and several very personal traumas.
Zola Jesus, also known as Nika Roza Danilova, said three years ago that she hoped Taiga would break through to pop radio, climb the Billboard charts, and unpin Zola Jesus from her goth-pop niche. None of that happened; Zola Jesus has still only grazed the Billboard 200 by way of her feature on M83’s Hurry Up, We’re Dreaming, but the abandonment of her Top 40 aspirations has yielded some of her most powerful music since that Stridulum EP and its sternum-cracking single Night. Even explicitly fictional narratives like Soak, in which Danilova sings as a woman choosing to kill herself rather than be murdered, resonate with the album’s broader themes.
Bonginkosi "Zola" Dlamini (born 24 April 1977 in Soweto, Johannesburg) is a South African musician, poet, actor and presenter. Bonginkosi Dlamini was born on 24 April 1977 and grew up in Zola, a township of Soweto, notoriously known for its high crime rate. It is his childhood home town from which he adopted his name. Unemployment, alcoholism, and single parent families are very common in Zola.
Bonginkosi Dlamini, aka Zola, is a South African poet, actor, and kwaito musician.
The signature Zola Jesus sound became more hi-fi as she began to explore her own skewed vision of pop music on releases like Stridulum, Valusia, and Conatus. With the release of Conatus, Danilova was propelled to regular appearances on festival stages all around the world, as well as a special performance at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum in New York. That album and subsequent tour were followed by her most hi-fi outing to date, Taiga. Now, coinciding with her return to both the Wisconsin woods in which she was raised and her longtime label, Sacred Bones Records, Zola Jesus has produced Okovi, her darkest album yet.