Chelsea Wolfe Prayer for the Unborn

Chelsea Wolfe

Prayer for the Unborn

Latitudes, 2013

Chelsea Wolfe

Upon Russian Circles return from their tour with Chelsea Wolfe, Brian Cook informed me that she would be releasing an EP on Southern Records imprint Latitudes. While Latitudes has been responsible for some challenging releases in the past, A Storm of Light and DrCarlsonalbion leap to mind, Wolfe’s idea of covering Rudimentary Peni seemed the boldest yet. Further, Wolfe would record her versions in the same studio and with the same sound engineer as the originals.Needless to say, I was eager to hear the result.

Terming this release a “covers” collection does it something of a disservice. Wolfe does much more than execute cover versions of these songs, she completely re-imagines them. Wolfe deconstructs the originals and rebuilds them as her own ghostly creations. Consider “Echo”; in its original form it is a snarling fusion of Anarcho-punk and death rock. In the hands of Wolfe it becomes a haunting lament with just a hint of the original guitar line preserved.

While clocking in at a mere 10 minutes, the rest of the EP is similarly compelling. “Black on Gold/Sickening for Something” and “Dissolution/Rehearsal for Morality” evoke a stripped down The Firstborn is Dead or Your Funeral…My Trial era Nick Cave.  “A Prayer for the Unborn” fuses sparse drone based instrumentation with Wolfe’s soaring vocal talent with excellent results.

A Prayer For the Unborn is a triumph for Wolfe and Latitudes.

– Captain of Games

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