The art rock band Zola Jesus, fronted by Russian singer (and probably dancer) Nika Roza Danilova gave quite a performance at the Sala Rossa yesterday night, in front of enthusiastic fans: most of them were swept away and danced eyes closed after 10 minutes of concert.

Danilova has a strong stage presence. Like a black priestess conducting an energic mass where the music dynamics go from mysterious to stroboscopic, she dances, crawls, jumps, runs although the songs, completely living the moment. It’s almost a modern dance performance, built in the concert.

zola jesus live montreal 2015

photo: Nico Pelletier, RREVERB

Two low-profile keyboardists and a drummer were in charge of the music, creating the canvas Danilova needed to express herself. Influences seem to come from NIN, PJ Harvey’s gothic years (or Diamands Galas’), a darker version of Lykke Li, with a glimpse of Florence + the Machine in the way both singers lead the show. Pretty cool performance even though songs, at first glance in concert, sounded pretty much the same one from another. An intense trip!

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Mélomane invétéré et rédacteur agréé, Nicolas pratique la critique en mode olympique: il parle de tout, tout le temps, depuis 1991. Il a publié 4 500 critiques de disques et concerts dont 1100 chez emoragei magazine et 600 sur enMusique.ca, dont il a également été le rédacteur en chef de 2009 à 2014. Nicolas a publié "Les perles rares et les grands crus de la musique" en janvier 2013, un ouvrage de 1250 pages en deux tomes.