Charlotte Wessels: New Single – ‘Chasing Sunsets’

Charismatic Dutch singer-songwriter Charlotte Wessels (ex-Delain) returns with a captivating new single, ‘Chasing Sunsets’. The track, which is both melancholic and upbeat, highlights her inimitable voice and memorable hooks, complemented by a mesmerising music video. Taken from her highly anticipated first traditional full-length solo album, The Obsession, set to be released on 20th September 2024 via Napalm Records, this album is promising a storytelling exploration of fear and liberation.

Pre-order The Obsession here:

Featuring guest appearances by Simone Simons of Epica and Alissa White-Gluz of Arch Enemy, The Obsession blends catchy elements with progressive and heavier soundscapes, marking the most significant step in Wessels’ solo career.

Charlotte Wessels on the new single and official music video: “When I released the initial version of ‘Chasing Sunsets’ on Patreon, it was an instant favourite, and it grew so much since then as we worked on it for the album, I can’t wait to share this track with the world! There’s an underlying theme of self-preservation and greed in the song that we visualized in the music video. I’ve never felt so much like we’re living in the Hunger Games where parts of the world continue lavish lifestyles while others suffer complete devastation. We worked with this theme in the music video through an artificial beautiful landscape and styling, all staged in a barren space with burning trees.”

Wessels and her band will bring this story to the stage for a release show on 4th October 2024 at Utrecht’s Tivoli Vredenburg. In addition, there’ll be some exciting festival appearances this year, and it was recently announced that Charlotte Wessels will join VOLA on their Friend of a Phantom EU Tour 2024.

UK dates with VOLA:

Nov 11: UK London, Heaven
Nov 11: UK Nottingham, Rescue Rooms
Nov 11: UK Glasgow, G2
Nov 11: UK Manchester, Club Academy
Nov 11: UK Bristol, SWX

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 Skies, Pain of Salvation), cello by Elianne Anemaat, was mixed by Guido Aalbers (Muse, Coldplay, The Gathering) and mastered by Andy VanDette (Porcupine Tree, VOLA, Dream 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.”

With thousands of monthly listeners on Spotify and a loyal fan base on Patreon, Charlotte Wessels has already made a mark with her earlier solo endeavors, Tales From Six Feet Under (2021) and Tales From Six Feet Under Vol II (2022). Now, she is taking her career to the next level with The Obsession. These compilations showcased her ability to blend various musical styles and deeply personal lyrics, earning her widespread acclaim. The Obsession is expected to build on this foundation, offering fans an even more immersive and powerful musical experience.

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 comments on the guests: “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.”

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:

The Obsession Tracklist:

1. Chasing Sunsets
2. Dopamine
3. The Exorcism
4. Soulstice
5. The Crying Room
6. Ode To The West Wind
7. Serpentine
8. Praise
9. All You Are
10. Vigor And Valor
11. Breathe;
12. Soft Revolution (2024)

Photo Credit: Tim Tronckoe

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