Goth-Rocker Chelsea Wolfe Talks About Working On The Score For The Horror Movie “X”

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Chelsea Wolfe photo: Henry W. Laurisch (Wikimedia Commons) / X movie image: Distributor: A24, Production companies: Little Lamb, Mad Solar Productions, Bron Studios
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Chelsea Wolfe is one of the most captivating artists working in the heavy music world. While her material at times leans in on doom metal qualities, the music of Chelsea Wolfe also offers so much more variety; at times her music is more focused on goth rock, at times it is more folk driven or weaving in elements of noise. Ultimately, the music of Chelsea Wolfe encompasses a great array of genres, resulting in heavy music that is ever expanding and intriguing.

Some of Wolfe’s most recent releases are that of her 2019 studio album Birth of Violence, her 2021 collab with metalcore act Converge called Bloodmoon: I, and the debut album from her side project Mrs. Piss, called Self-Surgery. However, Wolfe has now expanded into scoring music for movies; in a collaboration with composer Tyler Bates, along with producer/band member Jerry Cantrell, Wolfe worked on a score for the new A24 horror movie, X.

X, written and directed by Ti West, involves rapper Kid Cudi, and actresses Mia Goth, Jenny Ortega, and Brittany Snow. The score includes a cover Arthur Field’s “Oui Oui Marie,” performed by Wolfe. In a new interview with Revolver, Wolfe spoke to her favorite horror movie, saying that it’s actually a tie between The VVitch and Thirst. She also spoke to her favorite horror movie score, which happens to be Poltergeist (the 1982 film, done by Jerry Goldsmith).

When speaking to what was rewarding about working on the score for X, Chelsea Wolfe shared the following:

“It was a great learning experience, working with Tyler Bates. And it was really interesting to dig into the complexity of the characters and lend vocalizations to them that went beyond like, villain = scary, or main character = innocent. Neither of them were that simple — that was clear especially after working on the film for so long. So yeah, the challenge of layering and twisting voices and energies to try and reflect their complexities was really rewarding for me.”

You can catch X in theatres now, as well as hear the Chelsea Wolfe cover of “Oui Oui Marie” below.


Words by: Michael Pementel