Video: Zola Jesus, "Vessel"

The cool thing about watching Zola Jesus progress, is that since the beginning, her music always sounded like it was destined to become expensive. Not like her songs cost more money on iTunes or anything, but this music is designed to be huge layered and darkly bombastic. Also there should be weird outfits. "Vessel" feels like that arrival, probably because of the white sand dunes she's standing on, but definitely because everything—from the song down to the environment in the video—feels so crisp and clear. A concentrated vision from an artist that has been inching toward this moment for her whole career. In a serendipitous move, this video, directed by Jacqueline Castel, premiered on the T Magazine blog the very same day we put our Zola Jesus cover story on the internet, so you can read it when you're done watching Zola Jesus belt out sad stuff beautifully. Watch the video right here, and catch her live at the dates below.

Zola Jesus Fall Tour:
Oct 04 Los Angeles CA – Amoeba Records
Oct 05 San Francisco CA – Amoeba Records
Oct 06 Portland OR – Mississippi Studios
Oct 07 Vancouver BC – Biltmore Cabaret
Oct 08 Seattle WA – Crocodile
Oct 11 Minneapolis MN – 7th Street Entry
Oct 12 Chicago IL – Lincoln Hall
Oct 13 Ann Arbor MI – Blind Pig
Oct 14 Toronto ON – The Mod Club
Oct 15 Montreal QC – Il Motore
Oct 17 Boston MA – Brighton Music Hall
Oct 18 Brooklyn NY – Knitting Factory
Oct 19 New York NY – Le Poisson Rouge
Oct 20 Philadelphia PA – First Unitarian Church
Oct 21 Washington DC – Black Cat
Oct 22 Baltimore MD – Ottobar
Oct 24 Chapel Hill NC – Local 506
Oct 25 Atlanta GA – The Earl
Oct 28 Denton TX – Dans Silverleaf
Oct 29 Austin TX – The Mohawk
Oct 31 Los Angeles CA – The Echoplex
Nov 01 San Francisco CA – The Independent

Video: Zola Jesus, "Vessel"