It's been too long since I wrote about Patrick Wolf every other day. Now he has a rough/lush new double album due in Spring 2009: Battles. One disc is "solipsistic" and other is about love (Patrique has a beau). Here's the kicker: If you live in the UK, you can buy a share in it for 10 BPS. It meaning the new album, not the boyfriend.
Details from Patrick:
I am very happy to be back in the creative, free world of independent music; on my own label, Bloody Chamber Music (A bloody chamber being a heart, a tribute to the book "The Bloody Chamber" by Angela Carter), started earlier this year. So, here I am. Album four with my own record label. With the old world recording industry a rapidly sinking ship; recording studios closing weekly, free downloads daily, more musicians hitting the long road than ever before to feed themselves, I am happy to have come across a new intimate system of audience and artist participation called Bandstocks. This will be funding Bloody Chamber Music, and the international physical and digital release of my fourth album, Battle, and its collective singles. It’s an exciting game we can play together; you get to be an investor and stakeholder in the album. You will get special editions, first copies of the album, private privileges and mixes... and we get to conquer the world together and show that independence and self sufficiency are the two ways forward and out of the mess the industry is in.
Patrick had a disagreement over musical direction with his last label, so is releasing this one independently. I never understand why labels try to force artists into a box - Patrick has said they wanted him to make a sequel to Magic Position. Any fan would know that was not likely. You can hear a Battle Megamix on the Bandstocks site. Sounds like more grimy majesty. Titles include Hard Times, Who Will and the lovely Together.
Patrique has a new youtube page called Patrick Wolf TV. I don't love the blond hair. It's so lycanthropic....
*speaking of Tilda Swinton, she is in the video above for a brief second. She narrates the new album.