Posts Tagged Chelsea Wolfe
I’m not on as many press lists as I used to be, so I do the best I can as the C-list music critic that I am. here’s my list of the best albums of 2017, in modified alphabetical order.
Charlotte Gainsbourg, Rest
Chelsea Wolfe, Hiss Spun
Courtney Barnett and Kurt Vile, Lotta Sea Lice
Fleet Foxes, Crack-Up
Gary Numan, Savage (Songs from a Broken World)
Juana Molina, Halo
Lana Del Rey, Lust for Life
Laura Marling, Semper Femina
The Mountain Goats, Goths
The National, Sleep Well Beast
Real Estate, In Mind
Ride, Weather Diaries
Saint Etienne, Home Counties
Waxahatchee, Out in the Storm
Zola Jesus, Okovi
Although I’ve ostensibly been a music critic for several decades I’m not on the press lists I used to be so I rely on spotify to find much of my new music. So there are some favorite artists and bands here as well as new discoveries. Music that appeals to me must speak to my heart, soul, mind. The melodies are mostly dark, swirling, moody with unusual arrangements and instrumentation. Sometimes it’s folk or electro-pop. Mostly dark alternative. I favor female vocalists with varied range, strength and style.
Chelsea Wolfe, Abyss [Sargent House]
–I love Chelsea Wolfe. always and forever. dark, swirling, atmospheric and emotive.
Beach House, Depression Cherry [Sub Pop]
–a rich, beautiful album that I can [and do] play again and again.
Chvrches, Every Open Eye [Glassnote]
–electropop. energetic and powerful. one of my favorite bands.
Lana Del Rey, Honeymoon [Interscope]
Sasha Siem, Most of the Boys
–a bit of Bjork, a bit of Florence and the Machine. quite beautiful, swirling and beguiling.
The Decemberists, What a Terrible World, What a Beautiful World [Capitol]
–another favorite band that I find both comforting and subversive. extremely talented and inherently beautiful songwriting.
Lauren Peacock, Euphonia
–what I said in my August review: “combines piano with lush arrangements for memorable, moving melodies. The vocals shimmy and simmer.”
Torres, Sprinter [PTKF]
–Singer/songwriter Mackenzie Scott possesses maturity and presence beyond her years. beautiful, raw, haunting. echos of PJ Harvey and Amanda Palmer.
Science and the Beat, Future Blue
–skilled duo of multi-instrumentalists Tasha Katrine and Rob Zilla that create the cool sounds and eclectic arrangements. moody, strong, electro-pop. read the review.
Sleater-Kinney, No Cities to Love
–powerful, outspoken and rocking
Waxahatchee, Ivy Tripp [Merge Records]
Bjork, Vulnicura [One Little Indian Us]
–orchestral arrangements with Bjork’s cool weirdness. a bit slower than other albums and it’s fantastic.
Wolf Alice, My Love is Cool [RCA]
–heard the single on a British radio station and was hooked.
Grimes, Art Angels [4AD]
–unusually arranged songs about being weird, being an outcast. angelic vocals. what’s not to appreciate?
Ellie Goulding, Delirium [Interscope]
–beautiful pop songs
Courtney Barnett, Sometimes I Sit and Think and Sometimes I Just Sit [MOM & POP MUSIC]
–past, present and future infused with her witty lyrics and alt-pop melodies.
Sufjan Stevens, Carrie & Lowell [Asthmatic Kitty]
–cool soothing folk. open and lovely.
Furniture Girls, Chaos
–kick ass garage rock. review here.
Callaghan, A History of Now
–happy, optimistic Americana/ folk/ alt-country mix. when it came out I wrote: “A History of Now will definitely make you feel 10% happier after listening to it.”
Julia Holter, Have You in my Wilderness
–combines retro with current arrangements. gorgeous vocals.
Wind Burial, We Used to Be Hunters
–immediately caught my attention as it manages to convey intensity, danger and beauty. review.
–unfortunately I can’t possibly hear every album released. I don’t hear about things. I don’t get access to many until the public does. publicists don’t send me as many albums in advance as I wish.
–here are the the albums this year that moved me, inspired me, made me think.
–they’re in alpha order
The Avett Brothers–The Magpie and the Dandelion [American]
Arctic Monkeys—AM [Domino]
Bleeding Rainbow–Yeah Right [Kanine]
Camera Obscura–Desire Lines [4AD]
Chvrches–Bones of What You Believe [Virgin]
Foals–Holy Fire [Warner Music]
Gliss–Langsom Dans [Modern Outsider]
Grace & Tony–November [Rock Ridge Music]
Haim–Days are Gone [Columbia/Sony]
How to Destroy Angels–Welcome Oblivion [Columbia]
The Joy Formidable–Wolf’s Law [Atlantic]
The Julie Ruin– Run Fast EP [TJR]
Lorde–Pure Heroine [Lava/Republic]
Lovers–A Friend in the World [Badman Recording Co.]
Laura Marling–Once I Was an Eagle [Ribbon Music]
MGMT– MGMT [Columbia]
Mirror Travel–Mexico [Outsider Records]
My Gold Mask–Leave Me Midnight [Highwheel]
The National–Trouble Will Find Me [4AD]
Orbe Orbe–Invisible Kingdoms
Super Water Sympathy–Hydrogen Child [In Music We Trust]
Perhapst– Revise Your Maps [Jack Viking Music]
Throwing Muses–Purgatory/ Paradise
Frank Turner–Tape Deck Heart [Interscope]
Violeta Vil–Lapidas y Cocoteros [Young Cubs]
Waxahatchee–Cerulean Salt [Don Giovanni]
Chelsea Wolfe–Pain is Beauty [Sargent House]
[all selections by Amy Steele 12/1/2013]
— beautifully arranged, stark emotional simplicity.
–video filmed at Occupy Wall Street
Spare Parts out October 29 [Shrimper Records]
–garage band from Austin, Texas with a fuzziness reminiscent of 90s female-fronted bands like Velocity Girl or that dog.
Mexico out October 15, 2013 [Modern Outsider Records]
“Memorial” [guest vocals by Chelsea Wolfe]
–drowning in a beautiful pool of warm blood on a sunny day
–blistering, terror-fueled blitz
Memorial out October 29, 2013 [Sargent House]
–sensitive, sweet song with trippy tribal-influenced techno beats
ZOLA JESUS (with J.G. Thirlwell featuring the Mivos String Quartet) at the ICA Boston
Middle East, Cambridge
Lizard Lounge, Cambridge
The Sinclair, Cambridge
Chelsea Wolfe has quickly become one of my top three favorite artists in the past year. Her intense vocal range cuts through you as she expresses depth and intense emotions on every song. She carefully crafts each song with intricate compositions which combine classical, goth and experimental instrumentation. She utilizes soft vocals, sometimes stark without any musical accompaniment, soaring melodies, or a whispery vocal depending on what emotions she intends to convey. Every Chelsea Wolfe song leads the listener though a personal emotional journey. . A beautiful, haunting escape. Pain is Beauty is yet another near perfect album for a superbly talented singer/songwriter who should be getting far more attention than she does.
–review by Amy Steele
purchase album at Amazon: Pain Is Beauty
Fall Tour Dates
09.06 – Mohawk – Austin, TX *
09.07 – Fitzgerald’s – Houston, TX *
09.08 – One Eyed Jacks – New Orleans, LA *
09.09- The Earl – Atlanta, GA *
09.10 – Local 506 – Chapel Hill, NC *
09.11 – Rock and Roll Hotel – Washington, DC *
09.13 – Bowery Ballroom – New York, NY *
09.14 – Union Transfer – Philadelphia, PA *
09.15 – The Sinclair – Boston, MA *
09.17 – Legendary Horseshoe Tavern – Toronto, ON
09.19 – The Pike Room at Crofoot Ballroom – Pontiac, MA *
09.20 – Boomslang Festival – Lexington, KY *
09.21 – The Bottom Lounge – Chicago, IL *
09.22 – Cedar Cultural Center – Minneapolis, MN *
09.24 – Larimer Lounge – Denver, CO *
09.25 – Urban Lounge – Salt Lake City, UT *
09.26 – The Venue – Caldwell, ID *
09.27- Barboza – Seattle, WA *
09.28 – Doug Fir Lounge – Portland, OR *
09.30 – Great American Music Hall – San Francisco, CA *
* with True Widow
the engulfing, ominous, potent song “Deficit” debuted today on Pitchfork
The band’s fifth album Memorial will be out October 29, 2013 on Sargent House.
RUSSIAN CIRCLES & CHELSEA WOLFE // EUROPE 2013
Oct 12, 2013 – Prague, CZ @ Meet Factory
Oct 13, 2013 – Linz, AT @ Posthof
Oct 14, 2013 – Bologna, IT @ Locomotiv Club
Oct 15, 2013 – Zurich, CH @ Rote Fabrik
Oct 16, 2013 – Fribourg, CH @ Fri-son
Oct 18, 2013 – Barcelona, ES @ Apolo
Oct 19, 2013 – Madrid, ES @ Shoko Live
Oct 20, 2013 – Porto, PT @ Amplifest
Oct 21, 2013 – Bilbao, ES @ Kafe Antzokia
Oct 23, 2013 – Paris, FR @ Divan Du Monde
Oct 24, 2013 – Brighton, UK @ The Haunt
Oct 25, 2013 – Manchester, UK @ Gorilla
Oct 26, 2013 – Glasgow, UK @ SWG3
Oct 27, 2013 – Dublin, IRE @ Button Factory
Oct 29, 2013 – London, UK @ Electric Ballroom
Oct 30, 2013 – Gent, BE @ Vooruit
Oct 31, 2013 – Karlsruhe, DE @ Jubez
Nov 1, 2013 – Utrecht, NI @ Tivoli de Helling
Nov 2, 2013 – Koln, DE @ Stollwerck
Nov 3, 2013 – Hamburg, DE @ Club Logo
Nov 6, 2013 – Helsinki, FIN @ Tavastia
Nov 7, 2013 – Oslo, NO @ Bla
Nov 8, 2013 – Gothenburg, SE @ Truckstop Alaska
Nov 9, 2013 – Copenhagen, DK @ KB18
Nov 10, 2013 – Berlin, DE @ C- Club
RUSSIAN CIRCLES // EUROPE 2013
Nov 11, 2013 – Dresden, DE @ Beatpol
Nov 13, 2013 – Vienna, AT @ Szene
Nov 14, 2013 – Budapest, HU @ Durer Kert
Nov 15, 2013 – Belgrade, SR @ Bozidarac
Nov 16, 2013 – Zagreb, HR @ Mochvara Club
Nov 17, 2013 – Munich, DE @ Feierwerk
Nov 19, 2013 – Moscow, RU @ B2
Nov 20, 2013 – St. Petersburg, RU @ Club Zal