Monday, May 18, 2009

Mr. Wolf

Patrick Wolf is a flamboyant, futuristic, and extremely talented musician who defied and overcame his bullies and set out to do his own thing since he was 14. He changes hair styles as often as he explores musical styles (not to mention his unique garments). Using a harp, a clavinet, a harpsichord, a guitar, piano, auotoharp, organ, mountain dulcimer, clavichord, harmonium, accordion, theremin, ukulele, harmonica, mandolin, violin, viola and some spoons to create his sounds. His 4th album, The Bachelor (June 1, 2009), is part of a 2-part release with The Conqueror dated for a 2010 release. This album explores the various styles previously seen on his other albums, from textured electro-pop to resonant love songs, some folk melodies and even some death-metal-like tracks. Definitely very experimental. I prefer the more melodic ballads and the electro-poppy tunes (see the video of his first released single Vulture, complete with S&M). Complex instrumentals, there's no fluff here. Overall a very intriguing album that keeps growing on you.

Favourites: Hard Times, Damaris, Blackdown, Theseus, Who Will?, Vulture.

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