The last time I saw Godspeed You! Black Emperor live, they were still called Godspeed You Black Emperor!. It was 2002 and they were touring ahead of the still-unreleased Yanqui
The trajectory of Nika Danilova’s Zola Jesus live shows has directly paralleled the trajectory of her recorded output: in just five years, she’s gone from mostly solo performances of lo-fi,
Versions sounds both familiar and new, both surprising and self-evident; the songs here aren’t rebuilt from scratch so much as refined, clarified, crystallized. Only time will tell whether Versions is the end of the first chapter of the Zola Jesus discography or the beginning of the second, but it’s a worthwhile and fascinating effort in either case.