The Best Tracks of 2017, #6

6. Zola Jesus, “Siphon”

I can’t remember hearing as eloquent, compassionate song about attempted suicide as what Nika Rosa Danilova has composed in the form of “Siphon”. It conveys a strong sense of urgency and tension, but for all the dark undertones lies a sense of support and positivity that steadily takes over the song. Those lyrics take on extraordinary power, and this astounding track reaches a cathartic and loving climax: “We’d rather clean the blood of a living man / We’d love to clean the blood of a living man…We’d hate to see you give into those cold, dark nights inside your head.”