Chelsea Wolfe has released a new video for “American Darkness,” the latest single from her forthcoming sixth album, Birth of Violence.
The track layers Wolfe’s airy vocals over acoustic guitars and ambient instrumentation to create ethereal atmospheres. Departing from the heavier sounds of her previous work, “American Darkness” teases the new record’s more stripped-down approach.
The single also arrived with a gothic-inspired visual. Directed by Karlos Rene Ayala, the clip explores tarot symbolism. An array of characters represent the Major Arcana, with Wolfe herself playing the Fool and the High Priestess.
“I’ve been reading tarot cards for myself for many years, and researching the symbolic expressions of the cards for this video made me want to dive even deeper,” Wolfe explained in a statement. “We cast friends to play a few other tarot archetypes, and Karlos’ idea was to bring the symbols and signifiers into the contemporary; deconstructed, and made everyday—‘the magical and the unexceptional.’ I loved that.”
“American Darkness” follows last month’s single “The Mother Road,” both of which will appear on Birth of Violence. The record arrives September 13 via Sargent House.
Watch the new video below: