Chelsea Wolfe dropped this video for “Carrion Flowers” today from her forthcoming album Abyss, out August 7th on Sargent House. Directed by Wolfe and bandmate Ben Chisholm, it’s a black and white saga inspired in part by frustrations around the California drought, and by the scarcity of water and resources brought on by industry.


“While writing Abyss, I lived near where the water is piped into Los Angeles, but the lakes were dried up and the mountains were burned from fires. During filming we were exploring cracked lake beds and washed out roads – at one point I was laying in the middle of an abandoned canyon road with no chance of a car coming, and it was very surreal and quiet. I closed my eyes for a moment and when I opened them there were vultures circling overhead like I was some exotic roadkill, so we filmed them too.

The scribbles and ropes in the video are about my own madness and self-doubt, and costume designer Jenni Hensler made me a human cocoon from this insane fabric – it represents a feeling of claustrophobia, like you just want to scratch your way out of it. And there is anger in this song; it’s got a sense of revenge for anyone who has suffered or died because of injustice.”

Carrion Flowers was also featured in the trailer for Dark Places, the forthcoming film from Gone Girl author Gillian Flynn starring Charlize Theron, Nicholas Hoult and others.