Sun Oct 19 2014

8:00 PM (Doors 7:00 PM)

Webster Hall

125 East 11th St. New York, NY 10003

Ages 18+

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Photo: Jeff Elstone

Webster Hall & Nylon Presents
Zola Jesus, Martin Rev, Lee Bannon

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  • Zola Jesus

    Zola Jesus


    For her 5th studio album, TAIGA, Nika relocated from central Los Angeles to Vashon Island in the Puget Sound, in effort to immerse herself in the natural world. Vashon is a densely-wooded enclave with no bridges connecting it to the mainland. The taiga is the world’s largest terrestrial biome; a wild boreal forest covering large portions of Russia, Canada, Eurasia, referred to as the Northwoods where it connects in North America. Nika grew up on several acres of land in the northwoods of Wisconsin. Her Russian ancestors extend the taiga’s bloodline throughout several generations and to some extent this land has genetically imprinted on her. She has always felt its pull. To Nika, the taiga represents boundlessness: no law, just survival – at once innocent and raw, embodying naivety from its purity, yet at its core unforgiving and savage.

    Most of Nika’s creative process on Vashon was very different from how she used to write. Instead of starting a track with a beat or layers of synthesizers (with vocals usually coming last,) she began by writing songs completely acapella. Her work on the orchestral album Versions inspired her to revisit her classical vocal training and further hone the skills she had started developing in operatic study when she was young. Resuming training with her old opera instructor, she regained the confidence and vocal range she had heretofore lost. It allowed her to shed the former blankets of noise and reverb that used to cover her voice in fear.

    After incubating on Vashon for nine months, Nika headed back to Los Angeles to track and mix the album with co-producer Dean Hurley (David Lynch, Danger Mouse, Sparklehorse). Hurley guided her in reaching her fidelity goals; which had always been compromised on her previous work, typically made as home recordings. TAIGA is an undeniable transition for Zola Jesus. Described by the artist herself: “The music on the record is massive, with big brass and beats, crystal clear vocals.”

    Liberated in the present yet connected to the past, TAIGA is a pinnacle for Zola Jesus, the culmination of years of breaking through boundaries.”

  • Martin Rev

    Martin Rev

    Synth Pop

    Martin Rev is an American musician and the instrumentalist in the electronicprotopunk band Suicide. He also has a solo career and has released several solo albums for a number of labels, including ROIRand Puu. His style varies widely from release to release, from electronic no wave (Martin Rev) to bubblegum pop (See Me Ridin,Strangeworld) to heavy synthesizer rock (To Live).

    Rev also works with Stefan Roloff, doing soundtracks for Roloff's video work. He contributed to The Raveonettes' 2005 album,Pretty In Black.

  • Lee Bannon

    Lee Bannon

    Experimental Ambient

    Lee Bannon's debut album, 'Alternate/Endings', is a riotous act of imagination. The young, Sacramento raised and NYC resident producer is the sort of character almost overwhelmed by inspiration, finding his drive via film and field recordings as much as in music. 

    This lends his own work a sense of excitement and urgency that's as thrilling as it is rare. Having produced white-hot NYC rapper JoeyBada$$ - a moment he describes as pivotal - Bannon has spent the last six months working on his debut LP. The experience was a new one on all levels. 

    Previously he'd made his music very quickly, and fleshing out a body of work over a length of time was a grander endeavour. Those months paid off in spades, and 'Alternate/Endings' delivers on all the promise this young prodigy has shored up.

    The first surprise is that Bannon has moved away from hip-hop, and into drum n' bass and jungle. Inspired by both his youth in Sacramento - where d'n'b was huge - and the backdrop of 2013's jungle renaissance, via albums by Machinedrum and Congo Natty, Bannon, too, has reinvigorated the form. 

    This is drum n' bass in its most contemporary permutation; a furnace-hot future-blast of immersive atmospherics, deep bass and funk-ridden drums.

    Bannon references the work of Paul Thomas Anderson, and in particular There Will Be Blood, as inspiration in the making of the album. It makes sense; the album is drenched in changing, but equally powerful, often menacing moods. Requiem for a Dream was another touchstone, which goes some way to framing Bannon's haunting, beautiful sense of melody.

    Leftfield shaman Juan from Mars Volta played bass parts that ended up forming the basis for every song on the record, whilst friend and collaborator Black Atlass sings on "Phoebe Crates" and plays Reznor-esque piano on lead single "216." The field recordings that Bannon makes compulsively are used throughout, adding texture and depth to the record as a whole.

    'Alternate/Endings' is perhaps misleadingly titled. This is just the start.

Webster Hall & Nylon Presents

Zola Jesus, Martin Rev, Lee Bannon

Sun Oct 19 2014 8:00 PM

(Doors 7:00 PM)

Webster Hall New York NY
Zola Jesus, Martin Rev, Lee Bannon
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Ages 18+

Photo: Jeff Elstone