“The Warden,” the first single from Chelsea Wolfe‘s upcoming Pain is Beauty full-length, sees the California musician shrouded in a thick cloak of electronic goth / pop. As NPR’s Lars Gotrich points out, Wolfe’s transition from the naturalistic doom-folk of 2011’s Apokalypsis to the pulsing synths and clicks on “The Warden” is not that surprising – the early bedroom days of her career were spent creating “Casio-based gothy R&B” songs in her country-musician father’s house. But foggy-graveyard goth is still at the center of the song, with Wolfe’s breath-y vocals floating out like siren luring a sailor towards dangerous waters and placing the track just a step away from Crystal Castles’ onyx-tinted ravers. Wolfe will headline Union Transfer on September 14th following the September 3rd release of Pain is Beauty on Sargent House; tickets and information can be found here. Stream “The Warden” on NPR here and watch her perform “The Way We Used To” for Out of Town Films below.
Chelsea Wolfe, Union Transfer