Alice Glass is a songwriter and vocalist. The founding vocalist and songwriter of the duo Crystal Castles, Glass left the band in 2014. Her debut solo EP, Alice Glass, was released in 2017 to great critical acclaim from the likes of The New York Times, Pitchfork, Entertainment Weekly, NYLON, SPIN, Vice and many more. Glass performed her first solo concerts to much praise last fall, including several dates opening for Marilyn Manson. A globally-recognized fashion icon, Glass has appeared in campaigns for the likes of Alexander Wang. Further new music from Glass is forthcoming.
For over a decade, Nika Roza Danilova has been recording music as Zola Jesus. She’s been on Sacred Bones Records for most of that time, and Okovi marks her reunion with the label.
Fittingly, the 11 electronics-driven songs on Okovi share musical DNA with her early work on Sacred Bones. The music was written in pure catharsis, and as a result, the sonics are heavy, dark, and exploratory. In addition to the contributions of Danilova’s longtime live bandmate Alex DeGroot, producer/musician WIFE, cellist/noise-maker Shannon Kennedy from Pedestrian Deposit, and percussionist Ted Byrnes all helped build Okovi‘s textural universe.
With Okovi, Zola Jesus has crafted a profound meditation on loss and reconciliation that stands tall alongside the major works of its genre. The album peaks of tragedy with great wisdom and clarity. Its songs plumb dark depths, but they reflect light as well.
Travis Egedy, a.k.a. Pictureplane, made his name chasing unpopular realities and alternate truths across various media. His gallery works, shown on both sides of the pond, collide familiar with fringe. His Alien Body clothing line offers a stylized study of symbology, the occult, and societal decay. And his music – blissed yet shadowy, swirling up vintage strains of house, hip-hop, and noise – treats electronics not as uncannily artificial, but as extensions of our more magical selves.