This record is like a fine garment. It’s a 50/50 blend of LA Vampires and Zola Jesus. So you know it’s going to breathe well, suit your needs comfortably, and pass the endurance test. I mean, two of the greatest female artists that are making waves right are now working together! This is the perfect blend.
I will say though, this collaboration is both exactly what you’d expect it to be and nothing like you would expect at the same time. When I first saw this release come out I was super excited. I had heard LA Vampires’ split with Psychic Reality and was more than impressed. Her tribal vibe and female wails reminded me of early Pocahaunted. And Zola Jesus, she’s turning out some amazing vocals over noise or gothic tunes. So, this LP sounds just like those two coming together. What you get are longer tracks of dark tribalism. However, it’s so different from what I expected because neither artist shines so brightly that you’d be able to pick them out and say, yeah, that’s them alright. They are so mixed up, so bled into one another that all individual identity is drained. Instead, you have a soupy wash of both artists. This creates something absolutely new entirely. I was expecting some strong leading vocal duties on Zola Jesus’ part. Rather, there are some garbled, almost mannish sounding vocals that emerge from the shadows. Definitely not her usual gorgeous, soaring, haunting vocals. And LA Vampires, like I said earlier, reminds me so much of early Pocahaunted, especially titles like “Passage.” But not here. She’s let the darkness, the night, the fallen angel flavor of ZJ creep in. It’s so interesting to hear what these two artists merged together. A mighty fine blend. Great sound!
This partnership is a match made in heaven, well uh…. I will say that this should be at least sitting on your shelf. Or maybe even more, it should be sitting on your turntable. A really great release that all of us should have. It’s an incredible listen in a really cool disco style sleeve. Great effort from everyone; LA Vamps, ZJ, and NNF. Quality abounds. 9/10 -- Dave Miller (11 August, 2010)