Chelsea Wolfe premiered another new track with “Offering,” taken from her upcoming album Hiss Spun, which will be released on September 22 via Sargent House. She has already haunted us with songs such as “16 Psyche” and “Vex,” and now thanks to Cosmopolitan we get to hear the song inspired by California’s Salton Sea.
“Written from the perspective of the Salton Sea in southern California. I’ve always been intrigued by this place. You get out of the car and the smell of the place is almost visceral. It really leaves this kind of physical impression on you but it’s still really beautiful. It’s this strange resort anomaly to see in the middle of the desert. I wrote this song imagining the Salton Sea as this female character, and writing from her perspective. She’s this wonderful resort but she couldn’t keep up — the world wanted too much from her and eventually she started to wilt, becoming poisonous and toxic to the point where everyone abandoned her. The Salton Sea sits right on the San Andreas Fault and late last year, there was a swarm of almost 200 earthquakes directly beneath it over a couple days. That’s what caught my attention again because I haven’t visited there in many years so I wrote the song after that. It’s a really strange place. When you walk along the shore, you’re basically walking on the skeletons of fish.”
Listen to “Offering” below and preorder Hiss Spun here.