Zola Jesus Announces New Album “Arkhon”, Shares New Song “Lost”
- American singer-songwriter Nika Roza Danilova, aka Zola Jesus announced her sixth studio album “Arkhon” on May 20, 2022.
It is her first album in five years since the 2017 album “Okovi”.
On March 23, the lead single called “Lost” was released from the album.
The song samples a Slovenian folk choir. It was written by Zola Jesus and co-produced by Randall Dunn.
Nika Roza Danilova said of the song, “It's true. Everyone I know is lost. Lost hope, lost future, lost present, lost planet. There is a collective disillusionment of our burning potential. As we stray further from nature, we drift from ourselves. 'Lost' is a sigil to re-discover our coordinates and claim a new path.”
The accompanying music video was directed by Mu Tunc, who shot it in the Cappadocia area of Turkey.
She continued, “I wanted to shoot the video in a place that carried a lot of energy, with someone that I felt understood the spiritual backbone of the song. It was a surprisingly natural process to make this video with Mu Tunc in Turkey. I put my faith in him and in Cappadocia, a labyrinthine city built within 60 million-year-old caves. Throughout human history these caves have served as a citadel for so many different groups of people who went there to get lost. It is a testament to the resilience of humanity, and the durability of our earth.”
- The new album comprises 10-track, produced by Randall Dunn. She said, “When I look back at my work, I see there's a theme where I fixate on my fear of the unknown. That really came into fruition for this record, because I had to let go of so much control. I had to surrender to whatever the outcome would be. That used to be really hard for me, and now I had no other choice.”
The album title “Arkhon” means power or ruler in ancient Greek. “Arkons are a Gnostic idea of power wielded through a flawed god,” she said. “They taint and tarnish humanity, keeping them corrupted instead of letting them find their harmonious selves. I do feel like we are living in an arkhonic time; these negative influences are weighing extremely heavy on all of us. We're in a time of arkhons. There's power in naming that.”
Photo by Shervin Lainez
- source : Apple Music