Chelsea Joy Wolfe


Member

2006- Chelsea Wolfe - guitars, vocals (as Chelsea Wolfe)  

Guest musician

2013 Russian Circles - vocals (as Chelsea Wolfe)  

Personal information

Born on: 14.11.1983
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Chelsea Wolfe is an American singer-songwriter from Sacramento, California, currently based in Los Angeles. She is known for her "specific brand of drone-metal-art-folk", characterized by experimental guitar playing, hazy vocals, and surreal soundscapes.

Wolfe debuted with her album The Grime And The Glow, released on an independent label, Pendu Sound Recording, followed by Apokalypsis, which gained her recognition from indie critics as well as an underground following. In 2012, Wolfe released Unknown Rooms: A Collection Of Acoustic Songs, which featured a more folk-oriented sound as opposed to her earlier work, which had been heavily centered on droning guitars and distortion.

On June 3, 2013, Pain Is Beauty, was announced as Wolfe's fourth studio album, set to be released September 3. An album trailer was released alongside this announcement, as well as a North American headlining tour in the fall.

Wolfe has cited an array of artists and specific genres as influences, including black metal and Scandinavian folk music, but has said: "I do have a hard time sticking to one genre, and honestly I prefer it that way. I'd rather be free to experiment and make the kind of art I want to make than be easy to define." Various critics have noted elements of doom, drone, black metal, gothic rock, folk and dark ambient in her music.

In regards to her vocals, Wolfe has said: "I think deep down I wish I had one of those really gritty voices like Kurt Cobain, so maybe I'm making up for it with distorted guitars."

Wolfe has also cited the visual elements of filmmaker Ingmar Bergman and photographer Nan Goldin as influences on her.