You could get away with calling Patrick Wolf a drama queen, to be sure; however, it’s that quality that endears him to so many of his fans, myself included. A little drama never hurt anyone, right? If you answered ‘yes’, then you’re sure to love this track, entitled ‘The Child Catcher’. As the title would suggest, the song is definitely disturbing, with some seriously screwed-up imagery, and Wolf on bone-chilling falsetto. But the best part is the piano. It’s the only instrument in this track, but its sound is so full you;d never notice; it starts out clean and precise, before finally falling to pieces. Highly recommended.
For whatever reason, Remix Roundup just wasn’t working anymore, so it’s been changed to Remix Monday. While todays remixes may look a little random, they’re all actually tangentially interrelated. I started with Björk, which led me to the Spank Rock remix of ‘Earth Intruders’. From there, all these other artists popped up. There are some really great remixes here, but I think my favorite would have to be Beck’s remix of Alarm Call. He tears the song apart, then uses the most unlikely parts as beats. It’s actually a little funny at times. Enjoy.
A little bit of sad news to kick of the day: Patrick Wolf left this message on his fanboard yesterday:
Re: new interview and firing his drummer
« Reply #75 on Yesterday at 1:12pm »dear all…
I should never have read this.. I really shouldn’t. I dont think when I was 16 and dreamt of releasing records there would ever be so much crazy speculation about the person I am and that you want me to be. I have become so tired of this behaviour, sometimes I wake up and have to do six hours of interviews before doing a show, then go straight to bed to sleep a couple of hoursto fly to a new country to be cross examined in the same way.. I dont know what is left of me sometimes, some mornings i dont know how i get on the flight or even open my mouth to sing that night. If I choose after working since the early hours of a day and then pouring my heart out for an hour and a half that I really have nothing left to give.. that I cannot be a fake politician and sign autographs for an hour.. does this make an asshole?
because my drummer was causing arguments within my road family, taking sedative drugs before an important show in a city i really love, so much so he could not play the music I wrote, the songs that I have survived on in the last six years… because I had to slap him to see if he was even CONSCIOUS on stage…. the fact that the only thing that got any reaction out his corpse happened to be made of metal.. because all of this.. does this make me seem like I was on cocaine, or on some power trip? I was pissed off because this was just one more musician or businessman taking my good nature and generosity for a ride… trust me, that moment onstage was the end of a long line of bad behaviour that it would unfair to go into in public. Yes I was drunk, but It was one oclock in the morning after seven hours of interviews.. i had been running on about four hours of sleep a night for about two weeks… such is the joy of promoting a record. Anyway, I was having FUN until that moment. So was the rest of my band until we realised my drummer was taking the piss out of all of us and our hard work. I dont work with liars and I dont work with thieves.
I dont want to have to share this information with you but so many seem so interested…
I have made a decision, my final concert will be this november, a retrospective with an orchestra in London. I am not sure wether there will be anymore public communications after that, Infact I am pretty sure there will be none. Of course, this has nothing to do with my drummer.. but a creative clock is ticking and I have many many projects to be creating with my time left on this earth. I hope to share my last shows with you this year.
I have enjoyed making and performing music for you all, I have enjoyed trying to give a little hope and inspiration to the world. But I feel, especially when I read all this and I go about my days that I have failed. Im not seeking sympathy or empathy, god, I have to go find something I love and am inspired by in this world again. Many of you will never know the amount of work and emotion that goes on behind the scenes for me and many of your other favourite artists or musicians and why should you? I wanted to give you disneyland.. I wanted to give you a world at the back of your wardrobe, now im just feel a fool for bothering. I am in berlin today, i know I should never have read this, I dont know who any of you are, just strangers talking amongst themselves, and I wish I was stronger minded today, but i have to take enough bullshit from other parts of the world for what I do and who I am without getting it from here.
Im going off for a walk now.. clear my heart and head. Thanks to all you with the intelligence to see past the superficial chaos of the media and the various ridiculous personalities and characters that have been painted around me over the years, the problem is, unfortunately many of you will never get to know the truth, but many will still speculate, and play chinese whispers with interviews and opinions from the friend of a friend. This is nothing new to me, unfortunately, luckily I have always had a close set of dear friends that will always know me for who I really am, just as I do.
If I can give any advice, is, if anything, just listen to the music, watch the videos, read the lyrics, see the artwork, these are my communications, not others.
still love x patrick
This doesn’t sound like someone just blowing off steam to me. It sounds like Patrick Wolf might be done performing at just 23. But what does that mean for his music? Is he done with that, too. I hope not, considering how amazing The Magic Position is.
-Pitchfork’s Forkast points us towards a video of Patrick Wolf performing a duet of “When Doves Cry”. Wolf looks pretty uncomfortable, but I guess that’s why we all love him so much.
-I Guess I’m Floating pulls together a bunch of rare b-sides from artists like Radiohead and The Arcade Fire.
-Stereogum posts a link to a new video from La Blogotheque, of The Arcade Fire performing in a freight elevator(!).
-Gorilla vs. Bear introduces a new hip-hop duo from Chicago, who actually don’t suck.
It’s pretty rare for me to spend the time and cash to import an album; especially so when the US release is only two months after the UK date. However, yesterday I ponied up $30 (ack!) for Pat Wolf’s latest LP, The Magic Position. It’s that good. I’ve been a Wolf fan since his first album, but it wasn’t until The Magic Position that I started to really love his music. While some say it’s a departure from his previous work, I feel that it’s more a natural evolution. Wolf was only 19 when he released his first record; now, as he’s getting older, he’s finding more comfortable footing in the industry, and he has more room to grow. At first I was wary of the new flamboyance in his sound, but I’ve grown to love it. I’m sure you will too.
Since Patrick Wolf just announced that the next single from The Magic Position would be the title track, I thought it would be appropriate to post that song:
For me, at least, this song didn’t really leave much of an impression the first time I listened to it. After a few more listens, however, I found myself liking it a bit more. It’s still not as good as other songs on the album, but it’s a fine song overall.
Today, I finally got my hands on Patrick Wolf’s latest album, The Magic Position, due out on February 26th. Now, I could be blinded by initial impressions, but so far it sounds utterly incredible. You’ve heard Bluebells and Accident and Emergency, I’m sure, but I’ll tell you right now that they barely even scratch the surface. The album is impeccably structured, with several high points. It’s hard to choose a favorite, but I think I’d have to go with Augustine. It’s lacking in the electronic department, but it’s all the better for it. Like the rest of the album, Augustine is carried by Wolf’s voice, but a piano adds a classic element to it that makes it sublime. I highly doubt this will be the last you hear about this album from me. Enjoy.