Chelsea Wolfe is trying to remember the name of the Werner Herzog film she loves so much, that one about Antarctica. Arctic Circle? Journey to the End of the Earth? She ruminates for a second. “Encounters at the End of the World, that’s it!” She says it victoriously but timidly, in a soft-spoken whisper that makes you wonder if the mysterious singer ever really lets her emotion show outside of her palpable songs.
"That movie was so inspiring for me. It’s such a magical piece of art focusing on something most people would overlook and showing how beautiful it can be," she says, hinting at the deep worldview she grasps at behind those fierce blue eyes. The documentary was just one of the many films Wolfe fixated on while making her new album Pain Is Beauty, a chiseled record with electronic flourishes, sultry piano and string ballads, and even Goldfrapp-cured pop that, at its core, comes from and is about nature.