In an interview around the time of its release, she revealed to BlackBook that, “So much of this album was an attempt to cleanse the pain I felt, and cleanse the pain of the people around me. Because it’s the only way I know how.”
So it’s hardly surprising that Nika Roza Danilova – as she’s known to her friends and family – would choose to carry on that catharsis, with the release of the stunning new Okovi: Additions (out April 6 on Sacred Bones), which collects unreleased tracks from the album sessions, together with remixes of the original Okovi songs. Unlike so many projects of this kind, Additions actually feels remarkably cohesive, while both expanding upon, yet noticeably standing apart from its album of origin.
“The songs on Additions traverse a vast amount of sonic ground,” she explains, “but taken together, they cohere remarkably well as an album – all while serving to enrich the experience of Okovi. The four new songs were intended to be on Okovi, and each of them represents a snapshot of my journey in making the record, while also being just as precious to me as the songs that made it onto the final track listing. The remixes are beloved in their own way, as most were born from organic circumstances, and have drawn the original songs into completely new atmospheres.”
Her visceral live performances are also not to be missed – and on April 26 (after several European shows earlier in the month) she launches her all-too-brief Snow Blood Tour at Teragram Ballroom in Los Angeles. Most of the dates are co-headlining with former Crystal Castles firebrand Alice Glass.