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Friday, May 17, 2024

Incoming! Charlotte Wessels


Charismatic Dutch singer/songwriter Charlotte Wessels has announced details of her new album The Obsession, due for release on 20th September via Napalm RecordsWessels has also released a video for her new single, the haunting 'The Exorcism'. 

Check out the video for 'The Exorcism' here:

Stream 'The Exorcism' here:

Pre-order The Obsession here:

The Obsession marks Wessels Napalm Records debut, and while her earlier solo endeavours - full-length song compilations Tales From Six Feet Under (2021) and Tales From Six Feet Under Vol II (2022) - already gained her a remarkable number of devotees, The Obsession truly takes her career to the next level. The new album promises a cohesive exploration of fear and liberation, as well as spellbinding melancholia and dark, catchy elements meeting progressive and heavier soundscapes. The storytelling within the songs give the multifaceted album even more depth, making The Obsession an exciting listening experience and Wessels’ most mature offering so far.     

First single 'The Exorcism' is an astonishing proof of Wessels’ matchless talent and genre-bending songwriting qualities and, on top marks, the heaviest solo offering she has released so far. Quietly drawing the listener into this sonic sphere, the song bursts into a heavy attack shortly after. It’s calm and loud, reduced and bombastic, fragile and confident alike and presents Charlotte Wessels’ thrilling, full vocal range, heating the anticipation for everything that’s about to come.      

Wessels comments on 'The Exorcism': “I’ve been thinking a lot about fears and behaviors I’ve had since I was a child, and how at certain moments in life I thought I’d overcome them for good, but they’d always rear their ugly heads again in time. I keep wondering why. Did I invite them back in? 'The Exorcism' is a call for these demons to stay away - but also a message to myself and others facing similar challenges, to hang on – even if they don’t.”
Charlotte Wessels - The Exorcism
Whilst still writing and producing the songs in her Six Feet Under basement home studio and sharing their first incarnations with her patrons, Charlotte Wessels is now taking the songs off her new album The Obsession to the next level with a band of her fellow ex-Delain cohorts: Timo Somers (guitars, additional arrangements), Otto Schimmelpenninck van der Oije (bass) and Joey Marin de Boer (drums), as well as Sophia Vernikov (piano/hammond) contributing to the new heavier sound. The album also features arrangements by Vikram Shankar (Silent SkiesPain of Salvation), cello by Elianne Anemaat, was mixed by Guido Aalbers (Muse, ColdplayThe Gathering) and mastered by Andy VanDette (Porcupine TreeVOLADream Theater).            

Wessels on the new album: "On the one hand, this album tells a very personal story – through its unintended theme of fear, obsessive thoughts and the escapes from them – and at the same time it represents the joy of finding the songs' true forms with everyone involved in the making of this record. That’s why I chose The Obsession as a title. It refers to my personal challenges with OCD that inspired many of the songs - but I’ve also started referring to the band as The Obsession - because there were moments in the studio with them that truly reminded me of why I'm obsessed with making music in the first place."

Themes like fear, obsessive thoughts and escapism run rampant on the album, presenting dark and heavy on songs like 'The Exorcism', 'The Crying Room' and 'Ode To The West Wind' (feat. Alissa White-Gluz/Arch Enemy). In addition, there are songs that offer a more upbeat approach to the subject – like 'Dopamine' (feat. Simone Simons/Epica) which deals with SSRI-induced numbness, or 'Praise' – which sings the gospel of needing external validation in order to feel anything. The reimagining of fan-favorite 'Soft Revolution' won’t leave a dry eye in the room, while 'Soulstice' and 'Serpentine' present an unprecedented dark sensuality. Each song itself functions like an exorcism, an attempt to cast out a little of the fear it deals with.     
Wessels adds: “I’m extremely grateful and proud to add Simone Simons and Alissa White-Gluz to the line-up of this album. They are creative powerhouses that I have so much love and respect for. Whenever we get to work together is an absolute treat and they really elevated the songs with their performances.”

Charlotte Wessels live: 

Aug 17: NL Ulft Dru Park, Huntenpop Festival
Sep 14: NL Rotterdam, Baroeg Open Air
Oct 04: NL Utrecht, TivoliVredenburg – Ronda        

The Obsession will be available in the following formats:
Gatefold 2-Vinyl SPLATTER + 2 Bonustracks (“Backup Plan”“Breathe; Extended“), D-Side Etched – ltd. to 200 copies worldwide *Napalm Records Mailorder Only*
Gatefold 2-Vinyl RECYCLED BLACK + 2 Bonustracks (“Backup Plan” + “Breathe; Extended“), D-Side Etched
Gatefold 2-Vinyl INKSPOT + 2 Bonustracks (“Backup Plan” + “Breathe; Extended“), D-Side Etched *Patreon Exclusive*
Digisleeve + Shirt Bundle
Digital Album

Charlotte Wessels online: 

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