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Zola Jesus heads further into the woods on her fifth album, Taiga, which is named after the subarctic, boreal forests of Russia and North America. The Wisconsin native has drawn on the natural world before on albums such as Versions, but she's even deeper into the mystic with her new release. In the past, she's worked with sonic shape-shifters including J.G. Thirlwell, who broadened and darkened her songs even as she remained an ethereal presence floating above the icy soundscapes. Ms. Jesus' lovelorn vocals echo the human heart that beats underneath these layers of frosty synthesizers and muted beats, and at times her singing is so stirring, you can hear hints of spring approaching amid the haunted echoes of new tracks like “Go (Blank Sea).”

Thu., Oct. 9, 8 p.m., 2014
(Expired: 10/09/14)

LA Weekly