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Goth-pop singer: Zola Jesus

With a powerful voice, a chilly, ethereal presentation and a preternatural sense of style, L.A.-based Nika Rosa Danilova, who performs as Zola Jesus, had an amazing 2010. She put out two EPs, toured to rave reviews and landed a couple releases on best of the year lists: Pitchfork placed her "Stridium" EP among its top 50, and NME named it the No. 7 best release of 2010. Recalling the dramatic work of Kate Bush, the Cocteau Twins and Siousxie and the Banshees, Danilova delivers beautiful melodies wrapped in synthetic sounds to create music for the dark and disaffected. -- Randall Roberts
Genaro Molina, Los Angeles Times
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