Premiere: Tell Your Lover You Love Her with Wolfchild’s “Blood Moon”

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Wolfchild’s achingly vulnerable “Blood Moon” immerses us in the pain of impending heartbreak, calling on us to go back to what matters most before throwing it all away.
Stream: “Blood Moon” – Wolfchild

Love doesn’t always last the night, or the lifetime. People change, and life can ever so slowly tear two souls away from one another. While it may sometimes feel like an end is near, we can often return to the base reasons for loving one another, to remember why we’re together in the first place. Wolfchild’s achingly vulnerable “Blood Moon” immerses us in the pain of impending heartbreak, calling on us to go back to what matters most before throwing it all away.

Blood Moon - Wolfchild

Blood Moon – Wolfchild

blood moon in the rear view mirror
how long have we been driving like this?
you’re lost in something you left behind
still we drive blind into the night,
no one will survive

Atwood Magazine is proud to be premiering “Blood Moon,” the lead single off Wolfchild’s forthcoming debut album. The Seattle four-piece of Gabriel Wolfchild, David James, Mia Faye Jefferson, and Elion TruthHeart, Wolfchild’s cinematic dream folk music basks in a space of intense vulnerability. Rife with chugging rock guitars and aching vocals overwhelmed with emotion, “Blood Moon” comes from a place of both emotional strife and clarity.

It’s a reminder to keep love at the forefront of our minds, and to not get swept up in tension and arguments – the little things that pass in time, but feel overwhelmingly important in the moment. Wolfchild sings as such in the chorus, his voice heavy with the pain of love slowly tearing apart:

pockets hangin low, heavy with stones
open your eyes before you
bring down this glass home
tell your lover you love her
tell your lover you love her
before the dawn breaks
Wolfchild © Erica Keeling

Wolfchild © Erica Keeling

 

“For me, songwriting has never been an on-demand thing. Sometimes I get lucky; when I least expect it an almost entirely intact song comes tumbling out of my mouth,” Gabriel Wolfchild tells Atwood Magazine. “Other times, it takes being pushed to within an inch of my sanity and as a matter of survival I find words that serve as cathartic release. The latter was most definitely the case in the writing of Blood Moon. This song was born at the breaking point between me and a dear beloved… It was in a moment of pure desperation that we decided to play a game we first played when our relationship was new: taking turns writing our feelings down in the same notebook. As we alternately began and finished each others lines, it was in those tear-stained scribbles that we found the lyrics that became ‘Blood Moon.'”

Heavy and dark, “Blood Moon” echoes with the cold winds of imminent change, imploring us to focus on why we are together in the first place before we rip our bonds apart. Love can be painful, but it shouldn’t be dismissed due to trivialities that will surely be forgotten. Whether or not Wolfchild’s relationship lasted, it’s clear through “Blood Moon” that the final moments in this poignant scene are ones of resolute longing, urgency, and intimacy: It’s a last call for love, before it’s gone forever.

cold kiss, old debt
forgive and forget
tired eyes, infected wounds
burn it down so you have nothing to lose
tell your lover you love her
tell your lover you love her
before the dawn breaks
Stream: “Blood Moon” – Wolfchild

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