Hear Chelsea Wolfe’s ashy, mostly acoustic “American Darkness”

It’s the second single from the artist’s sixth studio album, Birth of Violence.

July 16, 2019

Uncategorizable California-born artist Chelsea Wolfe has released the second single from her forthcoming sixth studio album, Birth of Violence. "American Darkness" is an ashy, delicate, mostly acoustic song, following the path laid out by the record's first single, "The Mother Road." It comes with a video directed Karlos Rene Ayala, which you can watch at the page.

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The song is, Wolfe wrote in a press release, an “expression of freedom and beautiful humans being themselves.”

“It began as a sort of homage to a scene in the Paul Thomas Anderson film Magnolia, where the characters are singing along to the Aimee Mann song “Wise Up,” but I wanted our version to be explored through the lens of The Tarot. I’ve been reading tarot cards for myself for many years, and researching the symbolic expressions of the cards for this video made me want to dive even deeper. To represent that, I played both The Fool and The High Priestess cards in the video, to embody both the beginning of the journey, and the realization that the sacred knowledge I was seeking was inside me all along. We cast friends to play a few other tarot archetypes, and Karlos’ idea was to bring the symbols and signifiers into the contemporary; deconstructed, and made everyday — “the magical and the unexceptional.” I loved that. At the same time, we really wanted to challenge the binary of the traditional tarot cards, and give them more diversity, which is something important that many cool artists and witches are doing. I’m such a fan of Karlos Rene Ayala as a writer, director, documentarian, and friend, and have looked forward to making a video with him for a long time.”

Watch the video for "American Darkness" at the top of the page and find Wolfe's tour dates below. Birth Of Violence is out September 13 via Sargent House.

Chelsea Wolfe Acoustic Tour:

08/31: Pasadena, CA - Pasadena Daydream Festival * (Non Acoustic Set)
10/18: San Diego, CA - Observatory North Park
10/19: Phoenix, AZ - Crescent Ballroom
10/21: Salt Lake City, UT - Metro Music Hall
10/22: Estes Park, CO - Stanley Hotel
10/24: Chicago, IL - Metro
10/25: Detroit, MI - Senate Theater
10/26: Toronto, ONT - Queen Elizabeth Theatre
10/27: Montreal, QC - Le National
10/29: Boston, MA - Royale
10/31: Philadelphia, PA - Union Transfer
11/01: New York, NY - Brooklyn Steel
11/03: Washington, DC - 9:30 Club
11/04: Charlotte, NC - McGlohon Theater
11/05: Atlanta, GA - Terminal West
11/06: Nashville, TN - Mercy Lounge
11/08: Dallas, TX - Texas Theatre
11/09: Austin, TX - Levitation
11/10: Houston, TX - White Oak Music Hall
11/12: Santa Fe, NM - Meow Wolf
11/13: Tucson, AZ - Club Congress
11/15: Los Angeles, CA - The Palace Theatre
11/16: San Francisco, CA - Regency Ballroom
11/18: Portland, OR - Wonder Ballroom
11/20: Seattle, WA - The Showbox
11/21: Vancouver, BC - Vogue Theatre

Hear Chelsea Wolfe’s ashy, mostly acoustic “American Darkness”