Northern California native Chelsea Wolfe's sound is best described with broad strokes: elemental, intense, radiant, ancient yet modern, intimate yet expansive, dark and sparkling. Hues of black metal and deep blues inform her ever-evolving electric folk— a warm force that wraps itself around the listener, encouraging uplift, seeking triumph. Her voice similarly haunts and soothes, with words that illuminate life's darker corners in order to reveal the unlikely truth and beauty hidden within.
In a way, Wolfe is on a journey to the surface of her own music. 2012 finds releasing her first acoustic emanation on Sargent House, titled Unknown Rooms: A Collection of Acoustic Songs. The experience is a secret shared, a side of our heroine rarely seen or heard, and the making was as intimate as it gets: recorded in the woods of Northern California and at Wolfe's L.A. home, co-produced by her bandmate Ben Chisholm, with players Ezra Buchla of Gowns (viola), Andrea Calderón of Corima (violin) and Daniel Denton of Gothic Tropic (bass).
"...She's got soul like she's just lost a part of it." - NPR's All Songs Considered
"Wolfe's sound raches new depths, as evidenced by the lead-‐off track, "The Way We Used To". With very little beyong the cut's hollowed-‐out drums and sparse harmonies as support, Wolfe's voice is a gorgeous beacon of light and soul in a vast wilderness of despair." - Consequence of Sound
"...Her tracks are so chillingly-‐ well, cool, that we'll probably s9ll have them on repeat long afterer winter is over." - NYLON
"Chelsea Wolfe's new album sounds like a well-‐loved book: bound and worn and grainy, each word collected in its own elegantly strung phrase." - Fader
"She has found her voice within paralleling the likes of Sonic Youth and PJ Harvey, while making strides all on her own." - Interview
RIYL: Cat Power, Fiona Apple, Sharon Van Etten
TRY: #1, 2, 4
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