3/24/2005

 

Patrick Wolf

This classically trained young Irish goth comes on at times a bit like Martin L. Gore fronting This Mortal Coil. It's a classic and comforting sound to me, the sound of Britain in the early '80s. Not to say that Wolf's music is retro at all - he clearly has his pointy black shoe rooted firmly in the present, where laptop beats meet traditional folk/classical instrumentation. Lyrically, Wolf seems to be a fan of PJ Harvey and Nick Cave, treading the darker waters of storytelling. His 2nd full album Wind In The Wires is an amazing piece of work, giving Wolf the space to stretch and show of his multi-instrumentalist talents, full of dark, moody chamber pop. Amazingly, he began releasing his homemade 4-track recordings at the age of 14 and today, at the ripe old age of 21 he has been making the critics drool throughout Europe, and has been catching the more finely tuned ears of America as well. His music is a perfect example of what can be done with a laptop computer, a million random musical instruments, and a great voice. It's delicious and intoxicating like a blackberry-vodka smoothie. Patrick Wolf - Teignmouth MP3 6.64MB, 192kbps, 44kHz

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