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Patrick Wolf
Wind In The Wires
Tomlab Records

Imagine if you will, a world where David Gahan never got into Depeche Mode, but instead studied old folk music, listened to tons of opera scores, took to playing the guitar and mandolin, and lost many friends or whatever it is that makes people depressed anymore. You would get thickly orchestrated operatic folk music with touches of electronica, and you would call it Patrick Wolf. Wolf's debut CD, Lycanthrope, was released to wide critical acclaim in late 2003. His blending of seemingly disparate musical influences drew many into the tent, eager for a glance at what this young virtuoso had to offer. His new release, Wind in The Wires, is no exception. The songs are thickly orchestrated, yet maintain an almost sparse feel, melding strings with acoustic guitars and glimpses of synthesizer. The music is not easy to listen to at all times, the songs dark and moody, filled with eerie screechings and oddly stretched percussive instruments. "Ghost Song" is a fine example of the challenging songs. Other times Wolf calms it down a piece and creates some fine cabaret-skirting folkish music, but always with a deranged lunatic edge. The brilliant story of "The Gypsy King" is haunting in its dramatic beauty, with strangely appropriate synthesizer parts weaving in and out of the decidedly Scottish folk sound. David Bowie moments happen often, as evidenced by tracks like "Wind In The Wires". Wolf's music creates moods and landscapes of sound that reflect his past and influences, while making it difficult to pin down exactly where he comes from. Challenging and brilliant, Wind In The Wires is a complex amalgamation of sounds and twisted storytelling that will delight those who love their music to have the same eldritch cast as the dark tales of Edward Gorey or the filmworks of Tim Burton.

-L. Keane

Track Listing:
1. The Libertine
2. Teignmouth
3. The Shadow Sea
4. Wind In The Wires
5. The Railway House
6. The Gypsy King
7. Apparition
8. Ghost Song
9. This Weather
10. Jacobs Ladder
11. Tristan
12. Eulogy
13. Lands End

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