Northern California native Chelsea Wolfe’s sound is best described with broad strokes: elemental, intense, radiant, ancient yet modern, intimate yet expansive, dark and sparkling. Hues of black metal and deep blues inform her ever-evolving electric-folk – a warm force that wraps itself around the listener, encouraging uplift, seeking triumph. Her voice similarly haunts and soothes, with words that illuminate life’s darker corners in order to reveal the unlikely truth and beauty hidden within.
In a way, Wolfe is on a journey to the surface of her own music. 2012 finds her releasing her first acoustic emanation on Sargent House, a collection of once-orphaned songs given a home. The experience is a secret shared, a side of the singer rarely seen or heard, and the making was as intimate as it gets: recorded in the woods of Northern California and at Wolfe’s L.A. home, co-produced by her bandmate Ben Chisholm, with players Ezra Buchla of Gowns (viola), Andrea Calderon of Corima (violin) and Daniel Denton of Gothic Tropic (bass).
In 2013, Wolfe will deliver her as-yet-untitled official third album, which will expand upon the acoustic record’s themes: the elements and natural disasters, humanity, love, desolation. At the same time, the new full-length will mark a significant change as Wolfe and Chisholm (who makes glitched goth-soul as Revelator) bring more electronic elements into the fold. The LP will also feature the other members of Wolfe’s live wrecking crew, guitarist Kevin Dockter and drummer Dylan Fujioka.
Chelsea Wolfe will head across the country this winter on a headlining tour in support of her newest release "Unknown Rooms: A Collection of Acoustic Songs." The tour will bring an intimate acoustic show, featuring Ben Chisholm on analog synths, piano & bass, with violinist Andrea Calderon accompanying as well. Wolfe will be playing reworked versions of older songs and a few covers in addition to the songs on the "Acoustic" album in her sets each night. Support on this show will be neo-folk artist King Dude, who will also be performing an acoustic set.