After sharing her most recent single “Anhedonia” last month, American neofolk singer-songwriter Chelsea Wolfe has now teamed up with stop motion editor and video producer Cressa Beer for the release of the track’s video.
“Anhedonia” was mixed and produced by Ben Chisholm and features a collaboration with labelmate Emma Ruth Rundle.
On the track’s accompanying video, Beer comments:
“The core idea of the video came from an artist and mutual friend that Chelsea and I both love Jess Schnabel (Blood Milk Jewels) who created a ‘grief moth’ inspired by real moths that drink the tears of sleeping birds. It’s an idea I’ve wanted to animate for a while.
So, that became the backbone of the project: the lifecycle of a moth literally born from overwhelming sadness. From there, the video grew into a reflection of what I was experiencing during quarantine, as I found myself confronting my own grief and deeply rooted trauma.
I suffer from PTSD that envelops me like a black void. I wanted to visually articulate how that feels, as well as feelings like disassociation and loneliness; the way that trauma can physically alter your body and mentally reshape the world around you. But still, the moth can fight its way out, can fly, can follow the light; just like the comfort in the final verse of the song, I wanted to still show that healing is possible.”
Named after a psychological condition where people are unable to experience pleasure, the sweeping and stripped-down track captures the raw, ethereal power Wolfe’s ghostly voice and majestic songwriting, complemented by Rundle’s delicate guitar and sorrowful guest vocals.
Watch the moving video for “Anhedonia” below:
“Anhedonia” is available now across all digital retailers via Sargent House.
Stream or download the single here.