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Zola Jesus shares new single ‘Desire’

Zola Jesus releases a new song, ‘Desire,’ the second single from Arkhon, her first album in five years, out May 20 on Sacred Bones.

A minimal yet sweeping track, ‘Desire’ features only Danilova and her piano. The melodies ebb and flow like tides, filling the space only to recede as echoes in the air. It boldy demands compassion and care at the end of a relationship, a final request before it truly comes to a close.

Danilova’s quote on the new track: “‘Desire’ was written in one sitting at my piano at home. The song was an exorcism for my pain and lack of closure around heartbreak. Sometimes songs are written simply for the cathartic effect of playing them. This is one of those songs. Performing it feels like the most tangible way to experience that closure for myself. Some days I would sit at home playing this song over and over on my piano, just to provide myself that sense of control over what I was feeling.”


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