CHARLOTTE WESSELS Joined By Simone Simons of Epica for Third Single “Dopamine” + Official Video

CHARLOTTE WESSELS Joined By Simone Simons of Epica for Third Single “Dopamine” + Official Video

11th July 2024 0 By Jon Deaux

Astonishing singer-songwriter Charlotte Wessels (ex-DELAIN) has joined forces with Simone Simons of Epica for her mesmerizing new single entitled ‘Dopamine’. This track is part of Wessels’ first traditional full-length, full-band solo album, The Obsession, set to be released on 20th September 2024 via Napalm Records.

Promising a deeply immersive and evocative experience, the two Dutch symphonic metal legends guide listeners through the emotional landscape of SSRI-induced numbness. The Obsession showcases Wessels‘ most mature work to date, blending progressive and heavier soundscapes with catchy elements.

Charlotte Wessels on ‘Dopamine’   
“Lyrically, ‘Dopamine’ deals with SSRI induced numbness that I experienced a few years ago when I was on Sertraline, a type of antidepressant. While the medication was really helpful, there were so many side effects that I’d never heard of. This song deals with some of them, and while it feels vulnerable to expose the experience, I hope it helps in breaking down the shame and taboo around the topic.
Simone reached out to me as I was first opening up about this in an interview, and when the first version of ‘Dopamine’ dropped on Patreon (because of course we’re each other’s patrons) she texted how much she liked the song. So when we were working on the album version it only made sense to ask if she’d sing along on the track. I am so happy she agreed and after all of the shared introspection, it was great fun to let loose wearing pink wigs in ball pits and marshmallow pools for the video recordings. Musically, out of the entire new album, ‘Dopamine’ went through the biggest transformation. What started out as an EDM demo for a collaboration with a dance duo that never happened, became an acoustic Song Of The Month on Patreon, which then had a massive overhaul when rearranging it with Timo. The new band version is an absolute banger, and the beautiful guest vocals by Simone complete the song.”

Wessels and her band will bring this story to the stage for a release show on 4th October 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.

UK dates with VOLA:

Nov 11: UK London, Heaven
Nov 11: UK Nottingham, Rescue Rooms
Nov 11: UK Glasgow, G2
Nov 11: UK Manchester, Club Academy
Nov 11: UK Bristol, SWX

Whilst still writing and producing the songs in her Six Feet Under basement home studio and sharing their first incarnations with her patrons, Charlotte Wessels is now taking the songs off her new album The Obsession to the next level with a band of her fellow ex-Delain cohorts: Timo Somers (guitars, additional arrangements), Otto Schimmelpenninck van der Oije (bass) and Joey Marin de Boer (drums), as well as Sophia Vernikov (piano/hammond) contributing to the new heavier sound. The album also features arrangements by Vikram Shankar (Silent Skies, Pain of Salvation), cello by Elianne Anemaat, was mixed by Guido Aalbers (Muse, Coldplay, The Gathering) and mastered by Andy VanDette (Porcupine Tree, VOLA, Dream Theater).            

Wessels on the new album: “On the one hand, this album tells a very personal story – through its unintended theme of fear, obsessive thoughts and the escapes from them – and at the same time it represents the joy of finding the songs’ true forms with everyone involved in the making of this record. That’s why I chose The Obsession as a title. It refers to my personal challenges with OCD that inspired many of the songs – but I’ve also started referring to the band as The Obsession – because there were moments in the studio with them that truly reminded me of why I’m obsessed with making music in the first place.”

With thousands of monthly listeners on Spotify and a loyal fan base on Patreon, Charlotte Wessels has already made a mark with her earlier solo endeavors, Tales From Six Feet Under (2021) and Tales From Six Feet Under Vol II (2022). Now, she is taking her career to the next level with The Obsession. These compilations showcased her ability to blend various musical styles and deeply personal lyrics, earning her widespread acclaim. The Obsession is expected to build on this foundation, offering fans an even more immersive and powerful musical experience.    

Themes like fear, obsessive thoughts and escapism run rampant on the album, presenting dark and heavy on songs like ‘The Exorcism’, ‘The Crying Room’ and ‘Ode To The West Wind’ (feat. Alissa White-Gluz/Arch Enemy). In addition, there are songs that offer a more upbeat approach to the subject – like ‘Dopamine’ (feat. Simone Simons/Epica) which deals with SSRI-induced numbness, or ‘Praise’ – which sings the gospel of needing external validation in order to feel anything. The reimagining of fan-favorite ‘Soft Revolution’ won’t leave a dry eye in the room, while ‘Soulstice’ and ‘Serpentine’ present an unprecedented dark sensuality. Each song itself functions like an exorcism, an attempt to cast out a little of the fear it deals with.     
Wessels comments on 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 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

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