Zola Jesus has announced the release of Okavi, set to drop on September 8th via Sacred Bones records.
The album is inspired by deep personal tragedy, and explores themes of loss and reconciliation. Written in pure catharsis, the sonics have been described as heavy, dark, and exploratory.
Best described by the artist herself, she had this to say of the album: “Last year, I moved back to the woods in Wisconsin where I was raised. I built a little house just steps away from where my dilapidated childhood tree fort is slowly recombining into earth. Okovi was fed by this return to roots and several very personal traumas.
While writing Okovi, I endured people very close to me trying to die, and others trying desperately not to. Meanwhile, I was fighting through a haze so thick I wasn’t sure I’d find my way to the other side. Death, in all of its masks, has been encircling everyone I love, and with it the questions of legacy, worth, and will.”
She has also announced a rigorous tour schedule, which kicks off in New York and concludes in London. Scroll down for dates.
16/9 HUDSON, NY Basilica Soundscape
21/9 SAN DIEGO, CA Casbah
22/9 PHOENIX, AZ Valley Bar
23/9 SANTA FE, NM Meow Wolf
25/9 DALLAS, TX Kessler Theater
26/9 AUSTIN, TX North Door
27/9 NEW ORLEANS, LA Siberia
28/9 ATLANTA, GA Aisle 5
29/9 ASHEVILLE, NC The Mothlight
30/9 WASHINGTON, DC U Street
01/10 BOSTON, MA ICA Boston
03/10 PHILADELPHIA, PA PhilaMOCA
04/10 BROOKLYN, NY Rough Trade
06/10 TORONTO, ON Longboat Hall
07/10 DETROIT, MI Assemble Sound Church
08/10 CHICAGO, IL Thalia Hall
09/10 MADISON, WI Majestic Theatre
10/10 ST. PAUL, MN Amsterdam Bar & Hall
14/10 – SALT LAKE CITY, UT – Amsterdam Bar & Hall
11/10 OMAHA, NE Waiting Room
16/10 OAKLAND, CA Starline Social Club
17/10 SAN FRANCISCO, CA Independent
19/10 SEATTLE, WA Crocodile
20/10 PORTLAND, OR The Old Church
21/10 VANCOUVER, BC Venue
07/11 LONDON, UK Village Underground
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