Earlier this summer we were pleasantly surprised by the sudden pop turn of electronic music artist Zola Jesus. New single “Dangerous Days,” off the upcoming Taiga LP (out October 7 via Mute), was a crisp departure from Nika Danilova’s more experimental sounds from previous releases like 2009 debut The Spoils and last year’s Versions, and the track seemed to align the singer with a mainstream breakthrough.

Now the engaging electro-pop track has a proper video, and true to the album title’s Russian translation of forest, Zola Jesus takes us through the trees and out into beautiful natural landscapes and scenic backdrops.

The video was directed by Tim Saccenti, who has previously worked with Phantogram and Depeche Mode, and the visual is pretty enchanting. It premiered this morning via Vogue, but you can watch it without fashion in mind via YouTube below.

“The song is a pure emotional plea, a future primitive call to arms,” Saccenti explains. “To create a moment of light in these dark times was our hope. Eschewing a heavy narrative we let the images of the Earth, filmed in wide screen and mixed with a tense unnatural presence, wash over the viewer while Nika communicates her powerful message.”

Meanwhile, Zola Jesus embarks on a five-date North American tour in October that hits San Francisco, Los Angeles, Chicago, DC, and New York. No word on a Boston date just yet, but our fingers remain crossed.

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Zola Jesus Taiga

 

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