Posts Tagged Chelsea Wolfe
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
original by The Strokes
–perform with swagger and edgy guitar. In the Strokes video they’re on stage– the place where the band commands attention, seduces the audience with its talent, its mod style, its confidence.
cover by Chelsea Wolfe
–Her version’s a dark swirling mysteriousness. In Chelsea Wolfe’s video it’s a bizarre murky setting where a naked Chelsea wanders through the woods.
I’ve posted both to allow you to compare and contrast.
One of my favorite singer-songwriters, the beguiling Chelsea Wolfe tours this winter in support of her Sargent House release Unknown Rooms: A Collection of Acoustic Songs. I play this repeatedly. I can’t get enough of her dramatic, haunting vocals and lush arrangements. Honest, heartbreaking, gorgeous, dark, lovely. And live, Chelsea Wolfe mesmerized the crowd with her aura and talent. Now living in Los Angeles, Wolfe grew up in Northern California.
Amy Steele: Your father played country music. How did that influence you?
Chelsea Wolfe: He had a home studio that I’d sneak into and record songs I’d written. Being around music and seeing him go to shows was of course what introduced me to the world of music, even though I wasn’t very involved back then.
Amy Steele: When did you start singing?
Chelsea Wolfe: When I was seven or eight years old.
Amy Steele: What type of musical training have you had?
Chelsea Wolfe: I’ve taken classes here and there but usually dropped out before they finished. I love learning but I’m not very good with institutions.
Amy Steele: Have you been in bands before?
Chelsea Wolfe: I’ve messed around with some rock bands but always ended up doing my own thing.
Amy Steele: What do you like about being a solo artist?
Chelsea Wolfe: I like it because there is a freedom to play alone or play with a group of musicians. And I’m really lucky to play and write with some brilliant people.
Amy Steele: Your music is beautifully dark and mysterious. Are you a dark person?
Chelsea Wolfe: Thank you. I can be. Sometimes I get on autopilot and just focus on the work, but then there will be a lull and I sort of stop and breathe and look around and sometimes it can get dark.
Amy Steele: What inspires your songs?
Chelsea Wolfe: The world around me and the world at large.. news stories, films, literature. A mix of reality and mystical or mythical elements. Love, life and death.
Amy Steele: When I saw you perform this past year at the Middle East in Cambridge, Mass. you captivated the audience and truly engulfed everyone in your music. What do you like about performing? How do you transform your music into a live performance?
Chelsea Wolfe: Performing is a challenge for me; writing and recording is a much more natural state for me. But I like the challenge of performing the songs live and I’ve come to enjoy the energies of the audience and meeting the people who come to my shows.
Amy Steele: What’s the greatest challenge about being a woman in the music business?
Chelsea Wolfe: I think because I present my music in an androgynous way I don’t have like, problems or challenges because I’m a woman. The one thing I’d say is that I get compared to other female artists that I have nothing to do with because critics love to group us all together, but my influences are mostly male artists actually. Not a big deal though.
Amy Steele: Why did you want to do this acoustic album?
Chelsea Wolfe: I started working with Sargent House earlier this year and they suggested I release an album of all my orphaned acoustic songs that I would play live or demo but had never actually released on an album. I was excited about the idea and as I gathered the old recordings I decided to re-approach most of them with new instrumentation and also wrote and recorded some new acoustic/folk songs for the record.
Amy Steele: What can fans expect on this winter tour?
Chelsea Wolfe: A much more intimate experience.. It’s going to be pretty stripped down, to guitar, vocals, synth and violin. Sometimes I get a little nervous about how personal it will be, but I’m also looking forward to experiencing it myself and pushing myself to do something I’m not completely comfortable with.
Friday, January 11
Great American Music Hall
San Francisco, Calif
Sunday, January 13
Doug Fir Lounge
Monday, January 14
The Triple Door
Tuesday, January 15
The Media Club
Friday, January 18
Triple Rock Social Club
Crofoot Pike Room
The Drake Hotel
Wednesday, January 23
Friday, January 25
First Unitarian Church
Saturday, January 26
Music Hall of Williamsburg
Sunday, January 27
Rock and Roll Hotel
Tuesday, January 29
Chapel Hill, NC
Wednesday, January 30
Thursday, January 31
Baton Rouge, LA
Friday, February 1
Saturday, February 2
Central Presbytarian Church
Sunday, February 3
House of Blues – Cambridge Room
Tuesday, February 5
Wednesday, February 6
The Loft @ UCSD
Friday, February 8
First Unitarian Church
The uber-talented, bewitching folk singer/songwriter Chelsea Wolfe sets out on an acoustic tour in 2012. She will be accompanied by bandmate/collaborator Ben Chisholm on analog synths/bass/keys and Andrea Calderon on violin.
2013 TOUR DATES
1/11 San Francisco, CA – Great American Music Hall
1/13 Portland, OR – Doug Fir Lounge
1/14 Seattle, WA – The Triple Door
1/15 Vancouver, BC – The Media Club
1/18 Minneapolis, MN – Triple Rock Social Club
1/19 Chicago, IL – Schubas Tavern
1/20 Pontiac, MI – The Pike Room at Crofoot Ballroom
1/21 Toronto, ON – The Drake Hotel
1/22 Montreal, QC – Il Motore
1/23 Cambridge, MA – The Sinclair
1/25 Philadelphia, PA – The Side Chapel of The First Unitarian Church
1/26 Brooklyn, NY – Music Hall of Williamsburg
1/28 – Washington, DC – The Rock & Roll Hotel
1/29 Chapel Hill, NC – Local 506
1/30 Atlanta, GA – The Earl
2/01 Houston, TX – Fitzgerald’s
2/03 Dallas, TX – House of Blues – Cambidge Room
2/05 Phoenix, AZ – The Crescent Ballroom
2/08 – Los Angeles, CA – First Unitarian Church
1. The Avett Brothers, The Carpenter [American/Republic]
2. The xx, coexist [Young Turks]
3. Aimee Mann, Charmer [Superego Records]
4. Chelsea Wolfe, Unknown Rooms [Sargent House]
5. Meiko, The Bright Side [Fantasy]
6. The Shins, Port of Morrow [Columbia]
7. Exitmusic, Passage [Secretly Canadian]
8. Of Monsters and Men, My Head is An Animal [Universal Republic]
9. Norah Jones, Little Broken Hearts [Blue Note Records]
10. Metric, Synthetica [MOM & POP MUSIC]
11. Now Now, Threads [Trans- Records]
12. David Byrne and St. Vincent, Love this Giant [4AD / Todo Mundo]
13. Cat Power, Sun [Matador]
14. Imperial Teen, Feel the Sound [Merge Records]
15. Keane, Strangeland [Interscope]
16. Beth Orton, Sugaring Season [ANTI Records]
17. Jack White, Blunderbluss [Third Man Records / Columbia]
18. Regina Spektor, What We Heard from the Cheap Seats [Sire / WEA]
19. Purity Ring, Shrines [4AD]
20. The Organ Beats, Goldenheart
21. Laetitia Sadier, Silencio [101 DISTRIBUTION]
22. Lightning Love, Blonde Album [Quite Scientific]
23. Fiona Apple, The Idler Wheel . . . [Sony]
24. Winterpills, All My Lovely Goners [Signature Sounds]
25. Skyline Pigeons, House of Mysteries [Retro Face Music]
Sunday night, I caught Chelsea’s bewitching and amazing set at the Middle East in Cambridge, Mass. Her emotive vocals ripped from her diminutive body and immediately transfixed the audience. The room became engulfed in glorious incantations of melancholy, darkness, pain and resurgence. She’s super talented.
October 16: Unknown Rooms: A Collection of Acoustic Songs [Sargent House]