Zola Jesus' Okovi: Additions LP offers a new angle on her 2017 album, Okovi. The
collection pairs four previously unreleased songs from the Okovi sessions with
four remixes by a diverse cast of artists.
Johnny Jewel turns "Ash to Bone" into a late-night cinematic torch song, Tri
Angle Records composer Katie Gately's "Siphon" is a dark choir of warping angels,
black metal band Wolves in the Throne Room's take on "Exhumed" makes
the pounding industrial anthem even denser and heavier, and Toronto producer
Joanne Pollock (formerly one half of Poemss with Venetian Snares' Aaron
Funk) makes "Soak" feel like an aching classical standard- until it starts warping
in on itself and goes somewhere else entirely.
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
"These four new songs were intended to be on Okovi," Nika Roza Danilova
explains. "Each of them represents a snapshot of my journey in making the record,
and are 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."
3. Pilot Light
4. Bitten Wool
5. Ash to Bone (Johnny Jewel Remix)
6. Siphon (Katie Gately Remix)
7. Exhumed (Randall Dunn and Aaron Weaver [Wolves in the Throne Room] Remix)
8. Soak (Joanne Pollock Remix)