Chelsea Wolfe is the latest artist to enter the NPR Music studio to perform a Tiny Desk Concert. The 15-minute performance finds Wolfe performing solo, stripped-down versions of songs from her latest album, Abyss, showcasing an entirely unexpected side to some typically huge-sounding songs. They’re dramatically different from the versions that appear on the album, particularly “Iron Moon,” which goes from being a thunderous doom-metal dirge into a much quieter, yet still impressively stormy ballad. It’s all quite stunning, and intimate in a much different way than you might be used to hearing these songs. And yet, they still work just as well in this setting, which says a lot about her songwriting. Watch the full Chelsea Wolfe Tiny Desk Concert performance below.
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Jeff Terich is the founder and editor of Treble. He's been writing about music for 20 years and has been published at American Songwriter, Bandcamp Daily, Reverb, Spin, Stereogum, uDiscoverMusic, VinylMePlease and some others that he's forgetting right now. He's still not tired of it.