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An absurd tapestry,
This review is from: Lycanthropy (Audio CD)
Patrick Wolf is exactly what has been missing from British music, the use of unique and alternative sounds that delight in paradoxes. The electronic flourishes blend seamlessly with folkish and classical leanings. The way Patty unearths a medieval and futuristic sentiment is mind boggling and it works wonders under the man's creative guise.
One life story anecdote in 'Paris' refers to his troubled past in school "four hundred schoolboys and a lawyer at my side". Accordian sounds layer his work with mythology, whether nightmarish or magical, he tows the line between Nine Inch Nails and Bonnie 'Prince' Billy and outstages everything in-between. While Wolf embarks on experimentation with the use of instruments like a baritone ukelele, it's his skill on violin which ignites the songwriting. 'To The Lighthouse' is underscored by soothing strings, 'Dont Say No' showcases Patrick on guitar with choirboy singing. The horror of 'The Childcatcher' adds to the slightly disturbing aura to the record. It's harrowing and more profound than music should be.