Hometown: Madison WI US
2010 was a benchmark year for the young Miss Nika Roza Danilova. Under the moniker Zola Jesus, Nika released two stunning EP's stateside via Sacred Bones, Stridulum and Valusia and abroad combined those (mostly) into her debut full length, Stridulum II, for Berlin based Souterrain Transmissions.
This year's first single, "Night" earned the estimable Best New Music seal of approval just before she embarked on several very well attended SXSW appearances. The video for this song quickly elevated her to fashion icon as it appeared in several regions of Vogue and the NME declared her "goth's new figurehead." Nika was hand chosen by designer Angelos Frentzos to make her European debut performance in Milan during his fashion week show. Zola Jesus continued to play shows in various incarnations in various parts of the country every weekend from March until August.
Then she graduated college.
Immediately following, Nika and band embarked on three back-to-back tours of Europe and the US opening for Fever Ray, The xx and Warpaint amongst dozens of headline shows. She played Berlin Fest, Primavera Club, headlined Pitchfork's Offline Fest and her live performances garnered reviews as stunning as her recorded output. Valusia was released mid-October while on tour, and contained one new song (read: secret weapon) not on Stridulum II-- Chris Coady produced single "Poor Animal". This undeniable dance-floor masterpiece soared up the radio charts and continues to burn brightly on BBC 1 alongside her simultaneously ranking re-working of previous cut, "Sea Talk". All three of these singles along with "I Can't Stand" ranked among the New York Times, Pitchfork and LA Times' singles of the year. Stridulum II appeared on NME and Uncut's albums of the year. To say her follow-up full length due this fall is highly anticipated might be a bit of an undershoot, but we'll leave all that hyperbole to the tribunal.
NAKED ON THE VAGUE
NOTV hail from Sydney, Australia, bringing to the outside world their own brand of apocalyptic pop and dark psychedelic weirdness since 2005.... The Naked On The Vague approach meshes punk, industrial and psychedelic sounds all tinkered with a heavy dose of distortion and delay.
Wet Hair is Shawn Reed and Ryan Garbes, the two remaining members of Raccoo-oo-oon that stayed in Iowa City after the bands end. Reed also runs Night-People Records, which Garbes often contributes to. Wet Hair began as a solo outing for Reed in late 2007 during the final months of Raccoo-oo-oon, and after the release of a 12" EP and the Irifi Cassette Garbes was added on organ and live drums. Wet Hair has evolved over time shifting the bands sound steadily towards a more refined pop sensibility. An experimental attitude and psychedelic atmosphere still prevails in Wet Hair's music and the core instrumentation of the band has largey stayed consitent throughout with Reed on vocals, synth, drum machine, + tapes and Garbes on live drums, + synth/organ.
To date Wet Hair has released a 12" EP on Night-People, three cassettes on Night-People, the LP's Dream and Glass Fountain on Not Not Fun, a split 7" with Peaking Lights on Not Not Fun, a split 7" with Rene Hell on Bathetic, and a split LP with Naked on the Vague on Night-People. In late 2010 Wet Hair added third member Matt Fenner to the group on bass and synth. A third full length album is expected in 2011.
~..Another Tail for the Twin Tales of the Sea.. Cassette on Jerkwave Tapes
~..Eyes of Eyes.. EP CD-R
~..The Nature o' Nature.. 7" on Sacred Bones
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