Tuesday, October 1, 2013

Pain is beauty...and intensity

Hey look my Chelsea Wolfe interview is up at PopMatters!

No Boxes: An Interview with Chelsea Wolfe
By Jennifer Kelly 1 October 2013

Chelsea Wolfe tells us about pain, beauty, synths, black metal, D.H. Lawrence and why she is really not the same as Zola Jesus at all.

“One of the things I used to really love about black metal, actually, is that kind of white noise. A lot of it has got this white noise to it that I find really comforting. Even if the song is really heavy, there’s a really peaceful white noise,” says Chelsea Wolfe, the LA-based songwriter whose dark, challenging work has ranged from metal to noise to goth to acoustic chamber folk over four albums, and currently includes elements of electro-pop. She made her mark, early on with a Burzum cover; she has, more recently, interpreted the work of Nick Cave. (She is one of the few contemporary artists to be represented on Mark Lanegan’s all-covers Imitations; he sings her song “Flatlands”, from the unplugged Unknown Rooms.)

If it all sounds a bit intense, well, it is. Wolfe’s latest album, Pain Is Beauty, plumbs the dangerous, obsessional side of love, seeing the urge to connect as a primal natural one, like animals migrating thousands of miles to nesting grounds. And there’s her other connection to heavy music, she adds. “A lot of death metal artists are really inspired by nature and use that as fuel to write music. That was actually something that inspired me a lot for this album, the beauty of nature, contrasted with the ugliness of nature.”


On the edge of the pit looking down

And slightly softer but still intense


Jean-Luc Garbo said...
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Jean-Luc Garbo said...

What a great interview! A friend got me into Wolfe a few weeks ago so this really filled in my knowledge gap on her. It's always good to see your interviews at Pop Matters.

jenniferpkelly said...

Thanks Andrew. Her publicist just sent about three pages of edits and corrections.