Back in January, Chelsea Wolfe released the captivating single "Anhedonia," featuring guest vocals and guitar from friend, labelmate and kindred spirit Emma Ruth Rundle. Today (February 11th), she's unveiled the haunting music video for the song. For the visual — which draws on real-life grief and trauma, but with an eye toward hope and healing — Wolfe teamed up with stop-motion editor and video producer Cressa Beer. Watch above.
Beer commented, "The core idea of the video came from an artist and mutual friend that Chelsea and I both love, Jess Schnabel [Blood Milk Jewels], who created a 'grief moth' inspired by real moths that drink the tears of sleeping birds. It's an idea I've wanted to animate for a while. So, that became the backbone of the project: the lifecycle of a moth literally born from overwhelming sadness. From there, the video grew into a reflection of what I was experiencing during quarantine, as I found myself confronting my own grief and deeply rooted trauma. I suffer from PTSD that envelops me like a black void. I wanted to visually articulate how that feels, as well as feelings like disassociation and loneliness, the way that trauma can physically alter your body and mentally reshape the world around you. But still, the moth can fight its way out, can fly, can follow the light. Just like the comfort in the final verse of the song, I wanted to still show that healing is possible."