Darkness isn’t something everybody can access within themselves. Some are afraid to explore those shadowy recesses, some deny they exist, and some embrace it and find a cathartic release through some outlet of their choosing.
Luckily for us, Chelsea Wolfe would appear to be in the latter category. To describe her music by any particular genre would only seem dismissive. Tawdry, even. It is heavy. It is dark. It is as if everything she creates is covered in a black veil.
But don’t be fooled into thinking the album is bleak. There’s a warm comfort in all this that envelops the listener and immerses them in her world.
Tracks like “16 Psyche” and “Particle Flux” (and indeed the majority of the album have a building, tantric quality that serves to pique the listener’s interest throughout. Hiss Spun is most assuredly not an album to be relegated to the background while you’re doing housework. It demands your attention. To stop whatever you’re doing for 48 minutes and experience it.