Wind in the Wires

Wind in the Wires

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by Patrick Wolf
     
 

There's little doubt that the emotional turbulence of youth serves as the artist's first muse. As we grow older that muse takes on more and more baggage, rendering its initial miserable/joyous purity lost amongst the responsibilities of adulthood. Multi-instrumentalist/singer/songwriter Patrick Wolf harnessed that angst on 2003's moody and apocalyptic See more details below

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There's little doubt that the emotional turbulence of youth serves as the artist's first muse. As we grow older that muse takes on more and more baggage, rendering its initial miserable/joyous purity lost amongst the responsibilities of adulthood. Multi-instrumentalist/singer/songwriter Patrick Wolf harnessed that angst on 2003's moody and apocalyptic Lycanthropy, and has refined it without losing any of its edge on his latest: the elegant, volatile and still kind of apocalyptic Wind in the Wires. Wolf's voice has matured -- he's still only 21 -- into a lonely and powerful tool of judgment. He pines like Ian McCulloch -- there's a definite Echo & the Bunnyman tone to the whole affair -- and takes the occasional left turn into Jeff Buckley-falsetto territory, always in the service of the song -- the stark "Railway House" blends the two effortlessly. Lyrically, Wolf may revel in the Gothic imagery of artists like Nick Cave and Tom Waits -- "The circus girl fell off her horse and now she's paralyzed/the hitchhiker was bound and gagged, raped on the roadside" -- but there's a young man's honest pain behind all of the flowery English vernacular. Like the Divine Comedy's Neil Hannon, he both loathes and lusts for the U.K. Whether he's walking alone along its windswept moors ("Ghost Song") or preparing for its annihilation -- the brutal "Tristan" -- he's armed to the teeth with an arsenal of violins, pump organs and his trusty laptop to tell its all too familiar story, that alienation is universal and art is its only trusted interpreter.

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Product Details

Release Date:
03/15/2005
Label:
Tomlab
UPC:
0789397784723
catalogNumber:
47
Rank:
230723

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Performance Credits

Patrick Wolf   Primary Artist,Synthesizer,Guitar,Percussion,Violin,Accordion,Bass Guitar,Ukulele,Viola,Vocals,Piano-Accordion,Kantele,Sampling,Bodhran,farfisa organ,Mountain Dulcimer,Piano (Grand),Plucked Piano,Prepared Piano,Baritone Ukulele
Jo Apps   Vocals
Derek Apps   Clarinet

Technical Credits

Doug Shearer   Mastering
Patrick Wolf   Composer,Sound Effects,Producer,Artwork
Paul Egan   Engineer

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