A couple of music-related bits today.
Chelsea Wolfe releases “Iron Moon” from her upcoming album, Abyss
Singer-songwriter Chelsea Wolfe is releasing her highly-anticipated 4th album, Abyss. The teaser song for the album, “Iron Moon”, is a haunting clash of evocative soundscape and intense emotional dynamics – if the rest of the album is anything like this track, it’s shaping up to be her darkest, most intense release yet.
Wolfe says of the track, “Lyrically, this song was inspired after reading the poetry of a Foxconn worker who took his own life – his frustration and desperation. There’s a blurry confusion throughout the lyrics on the album, as it sometimes is in dreams, like you’re new to the afterlife and things are slightly different, more hazy and fluid. I imagine the quiet parts of the song sung from a small, dorm-style room, and the loud parts as a scene out of a musical, where the worker sings and dances through the factory lines with total freedom and abandon.”
Sigh’s new album, Graveward.
I find Sigh a bit difficult sometimes. The music is fun and odd and unpredictable, but they’re not very consistent. There are good albums and crap albums, fantastic songs sandwiches between choppy lacklustre tracks. I loved Scenes From Hell and Hangman’s Hymn, but I found In Somniphobia a bit too strange to really get into – to me, it didn’t have any overarching theme to cling to. It was a bit to “hey, we’re throwing everything we’ve got at the studio wall and seeing what sticks.”
So I wasn’t expecting much, but I actually really enjoyed Graveward. It’s closer in style and tone to Scenes from Hell, with the quirky, theatrical take on power-influenced black-metal, hippy-triply oddness. You’re either going to love it or hate it – personally, I can’t help but adore Mirai Kawashima’s cheesy, soaring vocals, the strange, drawn out solos, and the inspired incorporation of the saxophone. The tracks “Tombfiller”, “The Casketburner” and “Molesters of My Soul” are my favourites.
I’m also getting excited about the upcoming Korpiklaani album. What other albums coming out this year are you looking forward to?
The Sunken, my dark fantasy novel, is now available on Amazon.
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