Fans of Patrick Wolf — the flamboyant, precocious prince of Britain’s alternative pop scene — have come to expect the unexpected from the songwriter who walked away from a promising major-label deal to self-fund an industrial folk record (2009′s ‘The Bachelor’).
Wolf’s albums have veered from meticulously crafted electro-folk (2003′s debut ‘Lycanthropy’) to Madonna-esque pop-posturing (2005′s ‘The Magic Position’), but consistent across all his records have been themes of isolation, restlessness and, in his own words, “running away from life”.
Which is precisely what makes ‘Lupercalia’ such a landmark album for the 27-year-old. Now in love and engaged to be married, Patrick spoke to Spinner about why the record and its second single ‘The City’ find him happier than he’s ever been, why he’s toned down the “style” to let the “substance” of his music take centre stage and why, for now at least, he’s finally feeling content.
Interviewed for Spinner February 2011
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