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CHARLOTTE WESSELS (ex-DELAIN) releases new single 'Chasing Sunsets'; announces tour dates

New album on September 20, 2024 via Napalm Records

Photo credit: Tim Tronckoe + Claire Stuart/Blond en Blauw Films


Former DELAIN vocalist CHARLOTTE WESSELS returns with a new single, “Chasing Sunsets”. The track, is complemented by a music video. Taken from her first traditional full-length solo album, The Obsession, set to be released on September 20, 2024 via Napalm Records, this album is promising a storytelling exploration of fear and liberation. Featuring guest appearances by Simone Simons of Epica and Alissa White-Gluz of Arch Enemy, it blends catchy elements with progressive and heavier soundscapes, marking the most significant step in WESSELS’ solo career.

Watch “Chasing Sunsets” below.

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 favorite, 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 October 4, 2024 at Utrecht’s TivoliVredenburg. 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, kicking off November 1st. Don’t miss the chance to undergo this live experience.

In Februari 2021 all members of DELAIN famously left the band. DELAIN has since rejoined with former members Sander Zoer (drums and Ronald Landa (guitar) and attracted Italians Diana Leah (vocals) and Ludo Cioffi (bass, ex Ne Obliviscaris). the band has released the album ‘Dark Waters‘ on NAPALM RECORDS in 2023 and has been on several European tours in Europe and in the USA. 

“This album is significant, for on the one hand, telling such a deeply personal journey – through its unintended theme of fear and obsessive thoughts – and at the same time, representing the joy of finding the song’s true forms with everyone involved in the making of this record. There were moments in the studio with the band that truly reminded me of why I love making music in the first place, and I don’t think I’ve ever been as excited about music going out into the world. This is the album I want to re-introduce myself with, and I’m so glad to do it with this amazing team.”

CHARLOTTE WESSELS about 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 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)

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

17.08.24 NL – Ulft Dru Park / Huntenpop Festival
14.09.24 NL – Rotterdam / Baroeg Open Air
04.10.24 NL – Utrecht / TivoliVredenburg – Ronda

Friend of a Phantom EU Tour 2024
Supporting VOLA
01.11.24 DK – Århus / Voxhall
02.11.24 SE – Gothenburg / Pustervik
03.11.24 NO – Oslo / Vulkan Arena
08.11.24 SE – Stockholm / Fryshuset Klubben
10.11.24 DE – Berlin / Columbia Theater
11.11.24 PL – Krakow / Hype Park
13.11.24 CZ – Prague / Meetfactory
14.11.24 AT – Vienna / Flex
15.11.24 DE – Munich / Backstage Halle
16.11.24 CH – Zurich / Komplex
17.11.24 IT – Milan / Live Club
19.11.24 DE – Cologne / Kantine
21.11.24 FR – Paris / Petit Bain
22.11.24 UK – London / Heaven
23.11.24 UK – Nottingham / Rescue Rooms
24.11.24 UK – Glasgow / G2
25.11.24 UK – Manchester / Club Academy
26.11.24 UK – Bristol / SWX
27.11.24 LU – Esch-Sur-Alzette / Rockhal
28.11.24 NL – Eindhoven / Effenaar
29.11.24 DE – Hamburg / Markthalle

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