Today Chelsea Wolfe has premiered "Offering," another new song from her upcoming album Hiss Spun, which is due for release in a few weeks' time, on September 22. "Offering" is sprawlingly melodic, if a little fuzzy, and perhaps not quite as metal-tinged as the other tracks we've heard so far, but regardless, it's just as great as we've come to expect from the California native.
Chatting to Cosmopolitan (more doom in women's glossies, honestly), Wolfe talked about how it was influenced by California's Salton Sea. "Offering" gives voice to the body of water:
"Offering" is written from the perspective of the Salton Sea in southern California. I've always been intrigued by this place. You get out of the car and the smell of the place is almost visceral. It really leaves this kind of physical impression on you, but it's still really beautiful. It's this strange resort anomaly to see in the middle of the desert. I wrote this song imagining the Salton Sea as this female character, and writing from her perspective.
The interview also discusses the motivation behind the album, which she says is inevitably drawn a great deal from her personal life:
For me it was a lot about looking back at my own life, things that I haven't dealt with. I moved back to northern California last year while I was writing this album, not too far from my hometown, so I've been spending a lot of time with family and old friends. That just automatically jogs up a lot of memories, so I started thinking about some stuff that I hadn't wanted to think about before, whether it was relationships or things within my own family. I channeled a lot of that into these songs.
Typically thoughtful and always inspiring, Chelsea is a fascinating subject, and the entire interview is worth a look. Where "Offering" is concerned, it has proved to be just another reason why Hiss Spun remains one of the most understatedly anticipated albums of the year. Listen above.
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