January 10, 2013

Chelsea Wolfe - Unknown Rooms: A Collection of Acoustic Songs

I've seen her name tossed around here and there but it usually takes a referral to get me to actually listen to an artist. That came about a week ago. thanks goes to friends with good taste in music.

Yes, you'll be hearing pure acoustics today. Her voice is gentle, but not as melancholic as the music can be. Give her a listen.

Stream/Lyrics/Buy @ Bandcamp

Flatlands is the first track on the album, and of all the tracks it was the best to open with. It has beautiful lyrics, and an atmosphere that switches from hesitant to free along with them. It's a nice listen, and it really does help prepare for what lies ahead.

Unfortunately, in my eyes, it sets the bar a little high for the album. A minor set back that could possibly have been improved with some guidance, but I think she got what she wanted out of it and that's why the album's worth listening to at all.

Stream/Buy @ Bandcamp
As the title would suggest, every single track is acoustic. The occasional violin or piano are included, but for the most part you'll just be listening to her and her guitar. She happens to play pretty decently.

The off note for me is the feel of the music. The album as a whole can get slow, audibly depressing, and at that rate lengthy too. This is all despite the nature of the lyrics, which might make it up for someone who's not as totally invested into the music as I am.

Overall though, it's a great listen. I wouldn't listen to it in its entirety any time soon, but a track here and there definitely work.

9 comments:

  1. I think I could possibly be in love with Chelsea Wolfe's voice here D4, what a brilliant and amazing artist, I've got to find more of her, her voice is absolutely enchanting.

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    1. Straight to her bandcamp and find more of her releases :)

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  2. I actually enjoyed this a lot. Yes, Flatlands is probably the strongest track, but I dig the melancholy nature of the album. For me this is a great listen while I'm writing. I do my best writing while in a somber mood... go figure, right?

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    1. Beats my writing music. I come up with the best stories while listening to power chords and autotune.

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  3. I barely discovered her music well into 2012 but when I did, I was stunned. Her voice is truly haunting and powerful. Fun fact, the bass player for noise mongers extraordinaires GAZA was rocking a Chelsea Wolfe shirt when I saw them live in December. High five to them haha

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    1. Have you written about her? I'm gonna feel bad if I forgot that you did. Just because I forgot her somehow.

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    2. no I never got around to writing a post on her because I'm still not all that knowledgeable but I really dug the stuff I heard. I drove home from that GAZA concert late at night, listening to her music, as the cold night air fogged my back window, it was awesome. I almost didn't mind being stuck in traffic. ha

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    3. The right music for the moment makes it hard not to enjoy being stuck with a functioning pair of ears.

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  4. I thought I was listening to something by Metric at the beginning. Then it just kind of dissolved into a tumble of discordant chords and words.

    Can't say this is for me.

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