TEXT NATASHA STAGG
WATCH MARK PELLINGTON’S NEWEST TOUR DE FORCE—A CLIP FROM HIS UPCOMING FULL-LENGTH FILM, AND V-FAVORITE CHELSEA WOLFE’S NEWEST MUSIC VIDEO
July 24th, 2014. Chelsea Wolfe isn’t trying to make you feel better. She will, however, allow you to take part in her own catharsis. Her music is often described as dark and emotional, but unlike the goth or post-punk sounds she gets compared to, Wolfe’s songs are so tight, their depth comes from a kind of claustrophobia: songs like “The Waves Have Come” give one the impression she is in a room too small to fit this many parts. “The Waves…” in particular, exorcises a lot. “[It’s about] disaster and the loss of life and love,” she tells V. It’s full, but also almost chaptered, with a clear and defiant rising action—concluding with a drowning out of its own quiet drama.
The video takes the same route as the song itself, starting serenely (an admittedly dangerous move in the world of visual narratives these days) and introducing higher stakes as it moves forward. Described as an excerpt from the full length film Lone, by legendary director Mark Pellington, “The Waves…” doesn’t play by the rules of mainstream music video pacing, which is one reason V decided to premiere it today.
“Most of this video is footage from the first time Mark and I shot together,” says Wolfe. “He had built this dark room full of green ivy and it was just me, the dress from the album cover, a few lights, and him. It was the first time I realized what a director really is. Suddenly he was shouting, guiding me with instructions; emotions; telling me to act as if everything I was singing about—that it was all inside of me and at the same time to act as an observer of these things. He cut it together with found footage of families, intense nature and destruction and created this sort of cathartic journey through it all.”
Watch “The Waves Have Come,” above