“Los Angeles singer/songwriter Chelsea Wolfe came seemingly out of nowhere with her haunting, almost painfully unsettling sophomore effort. The arrangements are positively bloodcurdling—Chelsea’s voice (a healthy mixture of early PJ Harvey and Victorialand-era Liz Fraser) floats like an angry ghost above the unspeakably raw power of her electric guitars. Expect every hair on your body to stand at attention… and expect to be thinking of this record for days after each listen.” Read the full list here.
#5 Chelsea Wolfe – Apokalypsis
“Real Talk: I thought Chelsea Wolfe’s debut LP would either sound like Zola Jesus or Salem. I can’t help that other people’s music writing is piss poor enough to make me agree with lumping her in with aforementioned groups; in fact, Ms. Wolfe is in a class reserved for groups like Earth or the latest Jesse Sykes stuff, but all mixed with Kate Bush. Heavy, atmospheric, haunting, totally gorgeous, and not what I expected.”
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“It’s not a coincidence that our favorite premieres this year were also the weirdest, from the highly ritualistic clips from Chelsea Wolfe and NewVillager, to the birthday party funeral scene in White Mystery’s video and the cross-dressing road trip in Hunx’s “Lover’s Lane.”
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