Tuesday, August 16, 2011
Chelsea Wolfe- APOKALYPSIS
She looks like a female version of Marilyn Manson, her album cover resembles Marilyn Manson, and youtube videos present her as standard issue coffee-house singer/songwriter material, but this sophomore release from the NorCal native belies all of those assumptions. It's got some dirgy metal moments, "Pale On Pale", there a healthy dose of Sonic Youth's tribal floor tom meets dirty guitar distortion on "Demons", "Mer" employs vintage '90s guitar riffs a la Polvo, and there's a great cinematic slow build on "Tracks (Tall Bodies)". All of it punctuated by ghostly backing yelps and howls. Her vocals are clipped and arching, yet strong, sort of a goth take on Annie Clark of St. Vincent's voice, and a there is a definite resemblance to PJ Harvey going on. There are no burners on this record, it generally plods and floats along on an other-worldly vibe, but the song cycle should fulfill fans of various genres. Chelsea Wolfe is someone to watch, for sure.
Buy this record when you wanna tear the wallpaper down, burn the bedroom to the ground, and start all over again.