Zola Jesus Shares Video for New Track “Ash to Bone (Johnny Jewel Remix)”

Okovi: Additions Due Out April 6 via Sacred Bones

Apr 03, 2018
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Zola Jesus (aka Nika Roza Danilova) released a new album, Okovi, last fall via Sacred Bones. This Friday, April 6, she is releasing a companion B-sides and remixes album, Okovi: Additions, that features four previously unreleased songs from the Okovi sessions, as well as four remixes by Johnny Jewel, Katie Gately, Wolves in the Throne Room, and Joanne Pollock. She previously shared one of the new songs, "Bound." Now she has shared another track from the comp, a remix of "Ash to Bone" by Johnny Jewel (of Chromatics and various other projects). It was shared via a video for the track. Zola Jesus co-directed the video with Jenni Hensler, which features her on a dark street and also has black & white footage of her singing the song. Check out  the video below, followed by the album's tour dates.  

Danilova had this to say about the song in a press release: "As a longtime fan of Johnny Jewel's work, it was surreal to hear him re-work 'Ash to Bone.' Hearing his arrangement was like experiencing a collision of musical worlds. It was as if this is how the song was always supposed to sound." 

Jewel added: "I had the a cappella playing on loop one morning in the piano room. Her lyrics were so vividly mournful through the hazy fog...I turned over the hourglass, pulled back the curtains, opened the window, and let Nika's voice soar."

Danilova had this to say about the video in a press release: "Upon listening to the remix for the first time, I immediately had a crystal clear vision of what the song looked like. I also knew intuitively that I had to direct the video myself. Of course, I couldn't have done it without my co-director and longtime collaborator Jenni Hensler, as well as Jim Larson, who was the editor and director of photography, make-up artist Jenni Atwood-Smith, and hair stylist Kat Zemtsova. It will very likely be the first of many self-directed visual projects to come."

Danilova had this to say about the album in a previous press release: "The songs on Additions traverse a vast amount of sonic ground, but taken together, they cohere remarkably well as an album, all while serving to enrich the experience of Okovi. The four new songs were intended to be on Okovi. Each of them represents a snapshot of my journey in making the record, and is just as precious to me as the songs that made it onto the final track listing. The remixes are beloved in their own way, as most were born from organic circumstances, and have drawn the original songs into completely new atmospheres."

Zola Jesus Tour Dates: 

Snow Blood Tour:

WED 4/25  LOS ANGELES, CA Teragram *
THU 4/26  LOS ANGELES, CA Teragram *
SAT 4/28  SAN FRANCISCO, CA Slim's *
SUN 4/29  SAN FRANCISCO, CA Independent *
MON 4/30  SACRAMENTO, CA Harlow's
TUE 5/01  PORTLAND, OR Aladdin Theater
WED 5/02  VANCOUVER, BC Rickshaw *
FRI 5/04  SALT LAKE CITY, UT State Room *
SAT 5/05  BOULDER, CO Fox *
SUN 5/06  OMAHA, NE Waiting Room *
TUE 5/08  ST. PAUL, MN Turf Club *
FRI 5/11  MAYER, AZ FORM: Arcosanti
SUN 5/13  BROOKLYN, NY MHOW *
THU 5/17  NEW YORK, NY Public *

* co-headlining with Alice Glass

EU Dates:

TUE 4/17 COPENHAGEN, DENMARK Hotel Cecil
WED 4/18 GOTHENBURG, SWEDEN Nefertiti
THU 4/19 MALMO, SWEDEN Ikonst
SAT 4/21 TILBURG, NETHERLANDS Roadburn Festival
SUN 4/22 COLOGNE, GERMANY Luxor

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