In 2010, Chelsea Wolfe recorded her first official album, The Grime and the Glow, with an old Tascam 8-track recorder by herself and with various friends in Northern California. The result, a combination of stripped-down instrumentation, layers of vocals, haunting melodies, and tape hiss, is an AM radio broadcast from the end of the world. In her second record, Apokalypsis, released in 2011, she expands her sound more decisively towards a rock idiom, backed by a full band in a suite of songs that evoke desolate landscapes, choppy seas, and widescreen horror films played in slow motion.
Chelsea took some time with Swoon's Charles Mallison to talk about her records, inspirations, wearing the veil, dreams, and stand-up comedy, and to sing a couple of songs too. This is her first on-camera interview.
Chelsea starts a tour of the United Kingdom and Europe on April 9 in London. She is currently writing songs for her next record, which will be recorded in 2012.
Chelsea Wolfe in a Crooked World
Directed and Edited by Charles Mallison
Director of Photography Carrie Schreck
1st Camera Brian Overend
Gaffer Samuel Partal
Sound Recording Ben Chisholm
Main Title by Jenelle Campbell
Lyrics by Rudimentary Peni
Performed by Chelsea Wolfe
Written and performed by Chelsea Wolfe
Filmed on location at Griffith Park, Los Angeles, CA
and Gallery 3209, Culver City, CA
This 15 minute video was originally installed at Sancho Gallery during Ars Luminia. The video, shot by Samuel Partal and Carrie Schreck, scored by Morgan Gee, was displayed on 3 monitors as a video triptych, in loops offset by 5 minutes, the musical score of each segment layers with the other 2, creating an every-evolving soundtrack.