Posts Tagged ‘Pain is Beauty’

Thematically, Pain Is Beauty is said to be largely about idealistic love though Wolfe has also stated “It’s not a conceptual album. There’s a lot of different things it’s about: it’s about ancestry, it’s about nature, it’s about tormented love and sort of overcoming the odds. There’s a lot of different themes on this album.” According to Wolfe, the red dress she is wearing on the album cover represents the lava flowing from a volcano. Regarding the album title, Wolfe admitted, “…there’s always gonna be situations that we go through that are really hard and we just have to kind of be strong, and if we get through to the other side, then we become wiser people and our lives become more beautiful.  “Pain Is Beauty, her fourth album in three years, confirms her steadiness as a singer-songwriter of gothic intention, drawn to romantic fatalism and beautiful ruin.

Taken from the album “Pain Is Beauty” released September 3rd, Macabre Haunting and Beautiful, “Pain Is Beauty” is the fourth studio album from American singer-songwriter and eponymous band, Chelsea Wolfe released on September 3rd, 2013 through Sargent House Records

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Chelsea Wolfe - Abyss

Chelsea Wolfe’s last record, Pain Is Beauty, eschewed the cavernous atmospheres and primal instrumentation of her most distinctive output for cold, calculated electronic hums more akin to a record by The Knife. But Abyss, however, serves as the perfect marriage between these two core characteristics of her aesthetic. Tracks like the harrowing “Grey Days” transmit Wolfe’s intimate lyrics through the record’s sonic hollows, gnarling bass and chilling, mutated cries echo and reverberate through Abyss’ massive scope. Wolfe’s music has always appreciated and nurtured the power of cinematic cues and moods to create compelling musical narratives (as evidenced by her vivid music videos, and 2014 Ingmar Bergman-esque short film Lone), and with Abyss, it’s clear that her music has been sized-up for maximum screen potential.


The visceral personal details and graphic authenticity of the singer-songwriter are characteristics which Wolfe has been adopting more and more into her art as of late. Abyss marks an emotional lull in her career, acting as the tumultuous aftermath of Pain Is Beauty, channelling the viciousness of her early output, but feeling especially singular. As the odd-one-out in her catalogue, Abyss is Wolfe’s most emotionally direct, with unequivocal mourns for lost lovers summoning the titular abyss and beckoning its maw with each overcast delivery. Until finally, you are swallowed, and subjected to the nightmare Wolfe describes in “Simple Death”, where you are screaming, but you can’t wake up.


Finally, Folkadelphia is pleased to present the premiere of Chelsea Wolfe‘s Folkadelphia Session, recorded 5 months ago from today, but what an absolutely perfect one for Halloween. The genesis of our session with Wolfe can be tracked to the end of 2012 when we saw she was performing at the tiny and intimate First Unitarian Church Chapel. Jump forward in time through two albums (Unknown Rooms and last year’s Pain is Beauty), various tours, we finally were able to welcome Wolfe and her band to the WXPN studio.
Chelsea Wolfe is basically a genre unto herself. Unclassifiable not only because she seemingly stands apart from easy stylistic boxes, but also because she integrates so much into her sound. On the one hand, a minimalist and achingly somber ballad where silence speaks volumes and words are no consolation, like some tracks from Unknown Rooms, or a Lynchian industrial nightmare straight to the earhole, like some tracks from Pain is Beauty, on the other. What remains consistent is an expansive musical world that feeds on both darkness and light, as much as the brisk cold emptiness of silence. Yes, there is brutality there, but a tenderness too. I think that Wolfe has only touched the tip of the iceberg of her immense imagination and creative powers
Chelsea Wolfe, along with Ben Chisholm and Andrea Calderon, performed a stripped down set of music for us, one that was well worth the wait. We think you’ll agree, so please listen to Wolfe’s Folkadelphia Session.



Taken from the album, “PAIN IS BEAUTY” this unsettling, Intense video is all about sexuality, memory, mortality, forgiveness, love and innocence. Chelsea Wolfe is a American singer songwriter from Sacremento California based in Los Angeles she is known for her style of Drone Folk metal and her use of experimental guitar work with hazy vocals she has released four albums to date “Feral Love” was featured in the GAME OF THRONES TV series