Having missed Nika Roza Danilova, or Zola Jesus, way back when in 2011 at Dan's Silverleaf, I made sure to make a very conscious effort to see her when she stopped at Trees in Deep Ellum. Touring in support of her latest effort, Taiga, Danilova has traded her darker, baroque sound for a more accessible, poppier sound. But regardless what of what sound she is currently going for on her current album, one thing's for sure, this girl has the pipes to sing whatever she wants. In front of a pretty nice crowd, Danilova took command of the stage, standing in front of a white-lit mountain, flanked by a backing band. She worked every inch of the stage, matching the intensity of the music and her vocals. She headbanged, she flailed wildly, and she even had time to stop and take a breath from time to time. Opening with title track "Taiga" followed by her single "Dangerous Days", it was clear Zola would bring some bounce to the Trees stage, but her set list contained a bit of everything from her catalog. She is quite a talent and definitely must be seen live.
Unfortunately, her stage setup made it quite difficult to shoot pictures, so I will spare you my noisy results. On the other hand, opener Deradoorian had great lighting for their set. They were a nice compliment to the intensity of Danilova, bringing a relaxed, calm setting with looping sounds and clear vocals. Photos of the show are below:
Zola Jesus / Deradoorian @ Trees, Dallas, TX Reviewed by Scott Rowe, Editor on 3:00:00 PM Rating: