PATRICK WOLF RETURNS WITH HIS NEW ALBUM “LUPERCALIA” ON HIDEOUT RECORDINGS (THROUGH MERCURY RECORDS) ON MAY 31ST
THE BRILLIANTLY HOOK-DRIVEN SINGLE “THE CITY” IS CURRENTLY BUILDING GREAT SUPPORT AT RADIO AND LOOKS LIKELY TO BE PATRICK’S BIGGEST HIT SINGLE TO DATE
“I’m really into an artist right now named Patrick Wolf. I think you would really love him – really fantastic, amazing, from the UK”.
“Britain’s most innovative, radical and creative pop star”
“The lead single [“Time Of My Life”] from his fifth album, this is a quick-step ballad of strings and piano. Welcome back, Pat”
“…it lasts for four amazing minutes and nine amazing seconds. It is dramatic and romantic and we love it…the new Patrick Wolf single is a triumph and maybe even something of a career high. Hurrah.”
“…a joyous, celebratory record full of energetic pop songs with Patrick’s inimitable twist”
“All hail the crown prince of alt-pop, then, who makes a dashing return with new material that’s romantic, urban and urbane”
“Suckers for pop heartbreak, handclaps and big violiny bits, consider yourself warned: not only is this POTW, it’s [“Time Of My Life”] shimmying up the Singles Of The Year”
The incredible PATRICK WOLF is set to break out from his major cult status with the release of a brand new single “The City” on Hideout Recordings, through Mercury Records, on March 14.
The single is taken from his new album “Lupercalia” which will be released on May 31st. Both single and album show an increasing maturity in Wolf’s songwriting and voice, coupled with a fully fledged commercial nous which will see him embraced by both his burgeoning and very vocal independent fan base and, at last, by the mainstream.
Having worked with artists as diverse as Florence Welch, Eliza Carthy, Marianne Faithfull, Tilda Swinton, Nan Goldin and, most recently, Patti Smith, Patrick Wolf’s iconoclastic music has seen him spread his prodigious talents into a number of fields.
At 25 he was commissioned by Nan Goldin and Tate Modern to compose and perform the first original soundtrack, for Goldin’s legendary “Ballad Of Sexual Dependency”.
Having met Patti Smith at a Dylan Thomas convention, Wolf was asked by her to join her band for some select performances, including one celebrating the life of photographer Robert Mapplethorpe. Wolf played with Patti Smith recently when he received a call from her to join her band in a short series of UK dates.
But it is as a songwriter and solo musician that Wolf has made his biggest impression with each of his albums gaining more critical plaudits and recognition than the last.
His last album ‘The Bachelor’ was released in 2009 and since then Wolf has been writing this new record, the first to appear on the new label Hideout Recordings/Mercury.
A limited edition single “Time Of My Life” was released at the end of last year and heralded this new sound for Wolf, fusing an innate sense of songwriting genius with a resoundingly commercial thrust. “The City”, with its almost 1970’s Rolling Stones-like horn riff and relentlessly euphoric feel, is an even more direct introduction to Patrick Wolf’s new direction and, as such, will firmly propel him into the bigger arena that the scale and ambition of this new music already inhabits.
Album: Lupercalia, Release date 31st May
Written by: Patrick Wolf
Producer: Self Produced
Mixed by: Cenzo Townsend
Recorded at: El Cortijo – Spain, The Strongrooms - Air Studios - Eastcote Studios - The Pool -,The Dairy - London, Santa Clarita - LA, Hellish Vortex - Berlin, Studio De La Reine - Paris
‘Lupercalia’ Tracklisting as follows:
- The City
- Bermondsey Street
- The Future
- Time Of My LIfe
- The Days
- Slow Motion
- The Falcons
Notes to Editors
Patrick plays: Viola, Piano, Appalachian Dulcimer, Epiphone Guitar, Baritone Ukulele, Moog Opus 3, Timpani. GUESTS: Thomas Bloch - Cristal Bachet, Glass Harmonica, Ondes Martenot), Katie SkyLarkin (Backing Vocals), Belinda Sykes (Duduk/Arabic Vocal) Serafina Steer (harp) Thomas White (Guitar), Orchestral + choral arrangements : Fiona Brice, composed by Patrick Wolf