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Chelsea Wolfe : Pain Is Beauty

On the cover of her fourth album Pain Is Beauty (out now via Sargent House), Sacramento songstress Chelsea Wolfe looks like the awkward, “ugly duckling” goth heroine of some cheesy teen-flick who – surprise! – scrubs up very nicely for the prom-night finale; arms folded defensively, pouting sullenly, still unconvinced that this is a good idea but easily the most beautiful girl in the room. It’s a fitting image, as this is Wolfe’s spotlight moment, a collection of songs that pull all her previously exhibited influences – folk, black metal, industrial rock, brooding synth-pop – together into a richly detailed if rather sinister musical tapestry that will mesmerise Siouxsie, Sandy Denny and Swans fans alike. With a muscular band behind her unfurling dark clouds of doomy, snarling post-rock (“We Hit A Wall“) and icy electronic intensity (“The Warden“), Wolfe is a commanding presence, a supernaturally talented singer-songwriter visibly blossoming in front of a thousand teary eyes; listen to the epic, slow-burning “The Waves Have Come” below.



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My name is Michael Dix; I'm a decade or so past being down with the kids, but to me new music never gets old. Apparently I like music that sounds like faulty kitchen appliances and ritual slaughter; really I just like what I like, whether that happens to be indie, pop, punk, hip hop, metal, electronica, Afrobeat or jazz. Follow me on Twitter @FoamHandsBlog to receive notifications of new posts and the occasional random brain-fart, and please share links wherever you can. Enjoy!

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