You’d be hard-pressed to find a female singer-songwriter who appeals to metalheads and folkies alike. Chelsea Wolfe’s beautifully somber songs somehow traverse both realms. Her music has been aptly described as “drone-metal-art-folk.” She melds the dark, drones of doom metal with stark piano notes and guitar arpeggios – over which she sings in a haunting tenor trill. Her own compositions aside, she can cover the 1939 folk staple “You Are My Sunshine” alongside Burzum’s 1992 Norwegian black metal dirge “Black Spell Of Destruction” while retaining her signature sound and style.

1029_Women_Leadership_ChelseaChelsea began recording herself in her father’s home studio at age nine. When she began playing live, Chelsea preferred to perform in unorthodox locations like deserted nuclear plants, cathedrals and basements. Her lauded 2010 debut album The Grime and the Glow was recorded on a vintage eight-track. Her sophomore album Apokalypsis was tracked in a proper studio, but for Chelsea’s third full-length, Unknown Rooms: A Collection of Acoustic Songs, she chose to record deep in the woods of Northern California.

With Chelsea’s fourth album Pain Is Beauty, she innovatively culminates all her influences into a palpably intense listening experience that feels like these songs were recorded in the eye of an apocalyptic storm. Electronic rhythms and unsettling soundscapes set a cinematic tone on the opening “Feral Love.” But centerpiece song “Sick” best showcases her inventive potential to spin analog synthesized chamber pop, string arrangements and doomy drones into a sophisticated, cosmopolitan accessibility that’s already setting trends in modern recorded balladry.

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I’m a little bit country and I’m a little bit rock ’n’ roll. My first concert was Howard Jones at the Henry J. Kaiser convention center in Oakland. I sing for Hot Lunch and Sweet Chariot. I also enjoy skating pools and riding old choppers.

Comments

  1. bernard h. jones
    April 18, 2015 at 11:42am
    I had pandora befor i change phones
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    1. bernard h. jones
      April 18, 2015 at 11:44am
      I would like it again
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      1. PandoraSupport
        April 19, 2015 at 1:22pm
        Hi Bernard! Shoot us an email and we can help you get Pandora back: http://pdora.co/writeus. -Kim
  2. Kemal Sunal
    April 19, 2015 at 9:26am
    She is really an awesome singer, I like her style very much. "Feral Love" is the song of her which i like most.
    Reply
  3. Samsun Haber
    April 10, 2016 at 2:11pm
    I’ve been watching with interest approvingly.Thank You pandora
    Reply

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