King Dude & Chelsea Wolfe “Be Free”

king-dude-chelsea-wolfe-be-freeCalling King Dude and Chelsea Wolfe’s voices “complementary” feels like faint praise. In reality, this is vocal match made in heaven. Wolfe’s voice is sweet and clear while King Dude’s is gravelly and raw. Together the emotional weight and hurt their voices carry come together beautifully. The two gothic folk mainstays sing over a fairly spare, hypnotic guitar composition and the lyrics of love and memory make for an intense listening experience. But in this intensity is beauty, and the vocal pairing only heightens the story of contrast, making the entire song sound like an urgent, progressive quarrel. It pulls few punches, but that’s what contributes to its power.
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