Wednesday, March 9, 2016

Chelsea Wolfe — "Hypnos"

The understated “Hypnos” is a just-released B-side to 2015's colossal Abyss. Here, Wolfe does something maybe harder, as she claws at the catastrophes within her own soul, not the outside world. It's pulled along by wide-open fingerpicking and quaking atmosphere, featherlight in form and heavy with unsayable experience. “Oh baby, I’ll carry your disease/ The darkness that lives inside you deep,” she sings, her voice both shivering and forthright, “Oh honey, I’ll put up a fight with death/ He’s never coming near my love again.” “Hypnos” begins menacing and air-tight but opens a window as it unspools. It's as if the song itself is a liberating act of admission, arriving at its end with hope, some peace, and a space to breathe.
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