October 26, 2005

Patrick Wolf – Wind in the Wires

Filed under: Reviews — Rene @ 12:46 am

Patrick Wolf – Wind in the Wires
UK’s wonder child singer, songwriter, violinist Patrick Wolf at the age of 21 he already released two critically well acclaimed full length albums Lycanthropy (2003) and Wind in the Wires (2005). Worked with collective Minty (does it ring a bell?) and other interesting line-ups.
This year he returns with a collection of dark British folk songs accompanied with a full ensemble of unusual instruments and strange sounds. Instruments played on Wind in the Wires were: Viola, Violin, Grand Piano, Plucked/Prepared piano, Vocal Chords, Baritone and Soprano Ukuleles, Kantale, Mountain Dulcimer, Farfisa Pianorgan, Farfisa Transivox Electronic Accordion, Piano Accordion, Guitar and Bass guitar, Kawai SX-240 and 100-P Synthesisers, Bodhran, Re-programmed Wild Electricity, Re-sampled found sounds and various percussion. Enough? Are you excited to hear the result yet?

If you combine Patrick’s deep, almost David Sylvian-like voice and a whole collection of Björkish samples, result is simply fantastic.

Album opens track Libertine with a very smart sample of horse galloping used to replace the snare drum? Well, we are not talking about the usual song structure at all…

We slow down slightly with a second track Teignmouth. There are plenty of ticking and strange electronic noises happening here.

Grand Piano and beautiful string arrangement dominates fourth track Wind in the Wires, and The Gypsy King has almost flamenco like Spanish feel with clapping sample.

Ghost Song is a beautiful ballad. It begins with a simple violin plucking and develops into a whole collection of electronic sounds.

Tristan brutal beat accompanied with slightly distorted vocals and a whole arsenal of different sounds and piano.

I could continue writing about each track of this album. There is definitely something interesting and exciting to write about all of them. It is amazing that considering the variety of different sounds and moods the whole album is very well balanced and produced. I definitely recommend it to all of you.

Rating: SterneSterneSterneSterneSterne

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