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You might think a collaboration between two musicians at the gothic end of the musical spectrum – Zola Jesus, maker of dark, operatic synth-pop, and JG Thirlwell, aka veteran industrial music producer Foetus – would result in an uncompromisingly pitch-black experience.
But that’s not the case with Versions, in which Thirlwell rearranges Jesus’s songs for strings as she sings her force-10 vocals. The disappointingly conventional outcome resembles a gentrified Florence and the Machine making a pitch for concert-hall respectability.
Zola Jesus and JG Thirlwell feat. the Mivos Quartet