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Zola Jesus at Village Underground, London - live review

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Venue: Village Underground, London

The queen of witch house returns to the capital

“This is a song about my uncle trying to kill himself,” says Zola Jesus with candour and grace, before belting out a crescendo of notes poignant enough to lower every camera phone in unison for her fifth song Witness.

Zola Jesus’ latest album Okovi sees the Wisconsin singer return to her woodland roots after four industrial pop albums. This has had an effect on her appearance: flowing black hair covers her face as she creeps up from her knees to grab the microphone for the mystical intro of new song Veka. Pounding electronic percussion and strobe lights follow, as her piercing gaze entrances the crowd.

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