Chelsea Wolfe announces new acoustic album Birth of Violence, shares acoustic track and writes down acoustic tour dates on paper

Chelsea Wolfe announces new acoustic album Birth of Violence, shares acoustic track and writes down acoustic tour dates on paper
Photo: John Crawford

Hey, did you know MTV Unplugged still exists? Maybe the demand was high for a version of “Wrecking Ball” that still seems to have a bajillion choruses; but for most artists, the ability to showcase their acoustic (or at least stylistically different) work usually comes without the fanfare of a headlining event sponsored by a formerly great media conglomerate.

Chelsea Wolfe released Unknown Rooms: A Collection of Acoustic Songs back in 2013, which was a year or two after the Northern Californian started receiving serious praise for her not-really-acoustic work in favor of the brand new, sure-to-catch-on “doom folk” sub-genre! The album was a collection of previously written songs that hadn’t previously made their way on to a tracklisting, and it was super interesting to hear Wolfe’s music in a context that arguably invited even more intimacy.

Hey…how about some MORE?

Well actually, other the fact that they’re both mostly acoustic releases, Unknown Rooms and the forthcoming Birth of Violence share little in common; the former was an unplugged odds-and-ends, while the latter was recorded at Wolfe’s home in the California wilderness, where only a couple of bodies were invited to contribute at a production or instrumental level. In other words, she had the mindset of genuine solo artist as she was writing each track from the outset, resulting in something more deliberate and mountainous.

Check a trailer and the track “The Mother Road” below and head here to see a listing of summer/fall acoustic tour dates. The violence gets born September 13 on Sargent House, and you can pre-order it here.

Cover photo: Nona Limmen

Birth of Violence tracklisting:

01. The Mother Road
02. American Darkness
03. Birth of Violence
04. Deranged for Rock & Roll
05. Be All Things
06. Erde
07. When Anger Turns to Honey
08. Dirt Universe
09. Little Grave
10. Preface to a Dream Play
11. Highway

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