Daily Distraction: Get 'Lost' with Zola Jesus

Listen to the first song released off of the forthcoming Zola Jesus album, 'Arkhon,' due out in May

Andy Downing
Columbus Alive
Zola Jesus

Back in 2011, Nika Roza Danilova of Zola Jesus referred to her music as "one giant challenge to overcome all of my weaknesses," which helps explain her continuing artistic evolution, each successive album providing a new set of hurdles with which to contend.

This remains true on the new Zola Jesus song "Lost," a primal, percussive turn that the musician described in a press release as an attempt to capture the "collective disillusionment" of this moment in time.

"Everyone I know is lost. Lost hope, lost future, lost present, lost planet," Danilova wrote. "There is a collective disillusionment of our burning potential. As we stray further from nature, we drift from ourselves. 'Lost' is a sigil to re-discover our coordinates and claim a new path."

The accompanying video, which you can watch below, was filmed in Cappadocia, Turkey, which Danilova described as "a labyrinthine city built within 60-million-year-old caves" — a setting ideally suited to the shadowy tune.

"Lost" is the first song released off of the forthcoming Zola Jesus album, Arkhon (the Greek word for "ruler"), due out in May.