Patrick Wolf to Release New Single on Monday, New Album Due in May
Quirky and flamboyant (not to mention mega-talented) UK singer/songwriter Patrick Wolf has always been an artist that I've respected and admired. He's never been one to keep his mouth shut, choosing instead to be blunt and honest in every way. Written and produced by the 27 year old Wolf, "Time Of My Life" is the first single taken from his forthcoming fifth studio album, due out in May. I first became aware of Wolf around the time of The Magic Position and was THRILLED at the chance to see him live (up close & personal) when he opened for Amy Winehouse in Boston a couple of years back. Quirky doesn't even begin to describe his stage show. If I remember correctly Wolf was decked out in some crazy tight red leather pants, prancing about the stage at, what was formerly Avalon. His performance was definitely not everyone's cup of tea but WOW could that boy put on a show.
His haunting new single, out December 6th on a very limited edition 7" vinyl pressing, is filled with an appropriate amount of drama, thanks to a lovely strings section and of course . The song has a very 80s feel to it, very reminiscent of Chris Isaak's "Wicked Game". Admittedly, I wasn't quite sure what to expect prior to hearing the single, given Wolf's penchant for inconsistency but I have to admit I am liking this quite a bit. "Time Of My Life" will be Wolf's first release on Hideout Recordings, a new offshoot of Mercury/Universal Records. UK fans can catch Wolf playing two shows on December 5th at Cardiff Club lfor Bach and on December 6th at Guildford Boileroom. Following the release of his single, Wolf will also play a show on December 7th at London's Bloomsbury Ballroom, showcasing new material and old favorites spanning his previous four albums. We can expect a second single sometime in March, followed by the (as yet untitled) album in May. The "Time Of My Life" vinyl also includes a B-Side cover of Leonard Cohen's "Anthem." Check out the lyric video for "Time Of My Life."