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Chelsea Joy Wolfe -- born November 14, 1983 in Roseville, California, USA -- is a singer-songwriter musician. She plays the guitar and piano and is not to be confused with the competitive American BMX racer of the same name. The musician Chelsea Wolfe has mentioned going to "biker bars" in an interview, but presumably not particularly of the BMX biker kind.

Her work, which can be quite experimental, incorporates Gothic rock, doom metal, folk music, and can have ethereal wave, darkwave, dark folk, industrial, as well as Neo-Folk and psychedelic qualities. A dark goth-folk covers much of her music. She is quite eclectic across her albums. There is a countryish (Americana folk) sound quite likely due to her father's influence. Her father was a country music musician in a band.

She started writing and recording songs as a child, but it was not until 2006 as a young adult that she recorded her first album, Mistake in Parting, which was not officially released but has made its way around on CD-R. This alternative and Goth rock kind of album is not an album that Chelsea Wolfe has said she is proud of, and she has called it a "sh***y break-up album," but also she has said that she was uncomfortable with it being out there due to its openness about personal events in her life that inspired the writing. Another CD-R-released album came out in 2010; Soundtrack VHS/Gold .

He first proper release was the lo-fi The Grime and the Glow in 2010, which also is the earliest studio album of hers that one finds on her bandcamp page, at least at the time of writing this.

In 2011 she released Apokalypsis, which is a kind of Goth rock and Ethereal Wave album with psychedelic qualities, or more simply a sort of dark folk rock with commercial/ Crossover qualities. This received positive recognition with Pitchfork and CMJ and she began to develop a significant following.

She toured covering music from Apokalypsis and The Grime and The Glow, and in 2012 released the live album, Live at Roadburn. She suffered from severe stage fright in her early years of performing live and would cover her face with a black veil (for one into dark and moody Gothic music; a fitting costume accessory). This she has cited as a factor in stalling her career, and she had to learn to be a performer.

In 2012 she released Unknown Rooms: A Collection of Acoustic Songs, and in 2013, 2015 and 2017 she released three of her most acclaimed albums with Pain Is Beau...
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The Grime and the Glow
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Unknown Rooms: A Collection of Acoustic Songs
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Pain Is Beauty
4.50 | 2 ratings
4.33 | 3 ratings
Hiss Spun
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Birth of Violence
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Bloodmoon: I (collaboration with Converge)

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Anhedonia (Chelsea Wolfe & Emma Ruth Rundle)


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 Anhedonia (Chelsea Wolfe & Emma Ruth Rundle) by WOLFE, CHELSEA album cover Singles/EPs/Fan Club/Promo, 2021
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Anhedonia (Chelsea Wolfe & Emma Ruth Rundle)
Chelsea Wolfe Crossover Prog

Review by memowakeman
Special Collaborator Honorary Collaborator

— First review of this album —
3 stars Our context tells us that we must be happy, that we are here to smile and enjoy life, and though that might be a nice and romantic thought, people is more attached to depression or other types of mental issues.

There are moments where we can't even pretend to enjoy anything, and that is where the anhedonia appears, to shield us from pleasure, and that's terrible. This anhedonia happened to Chelsea Wolfe, so she wrote this song and after Covid-19 times, she shared it to fellow singer Emma Ruth Rundle, inviting her to collaborate with her voices and guitar.

And the result is great. Not sure if I ever though I would review Chelsea Wolfe's music here in Progarchives, but well, now her discography is included, it's nice to write a bit about her and share her talent to the prog rock community.

This is a sorrowful track, however, it is enchanted by both Wolfe and Rundle's alternate vocals. Deep lyrics, dark times, acoustic guitars and some atmospheric sounds made by synth, an extraordinary mix because the sound is so profound and will hit you in any moment. The best part to me is where the song reaches "Isolating, bridge withdrawing; isolated I can't take it", it is so deep, indeed.

Both artists have some similarities in their music, even in their voice a little bit, which is why I believe this collaboration is great, and also is not a bad gate to enter if you don't really know their music.

I love it, I hope you like it too.

 Pain Is Beauty by WOLFE, CHELSEA album cover Studio Album, 2013
5.00 | 1 ratings

Pain Is Beauty
Chelsea Wolfe Crossover Prog

Review by Logan
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— First review of this album —
5 stars As Christina Amphlett of Divinyls intoned, "It's a fine line between pleasure and pain, you've done it once you can do it again." Wise words. Well, Chelsea Wolfe here demonstrates that pain can be beauty. Her pain, my joy, my arms, your hearse. Of course what is beautiful to one can be painful to another. I love the atmospheric gothic folk stylings of Chelsea Wolfe. Some might find this album to be too dark, slow and depressing, and even cheesy, but it has real beauty to these ears. This, Abyss, Apokalypsis and Hiss Spun are all very good albums, but this album is the one that made me fall for Wolfe (really love Abyss now). This album is such a treat for me. Part of what immediately hooked me is that the opening track reminded me of music from a favourite TV series of mine, Utopia, with music by Cristobal Tapia De Veer. Associations will vary, and not just based on what one has heard, but on other perceptions.

As I wrote in the bio, I would most readily compare her music to Emma Ruth Rundle solo albums (Some Heavy Ocean, Marked for Death, On Dark Horses) of post-rock band Red Sparowes, who Wolfe collaborated with on the single, Anhedonia in 2021. And at times there are significant similarities to Anna von Hausswolff's music. Also, fans of music by Dead Can Dance, Current 93, Coil, Nine Inch Nails, Susanne Sundfor and Swans should find Wolfe music to appeal. Jarboe sung tracks in Swans as well as her solo work would be a good reference point. I recommend to people into darkwave, gothic music and atmospheric folk-rock generally.

Every song is a highlight for me, but Reins, The Warden, Lone, Feral, House of Metal, Sick, The Waves Have Come are some of my super highlights. It's a five star album for me.

Thanks to Logan for the artist addition.

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