Fresh off the North American portion of his 10-year anniversary celebratory tour, Patrick Wolf's corresponding double full-length, Sundark and Riverlight has arrived in stores this week via Bloody Chamber Music/Essential Music. The album is currently available for streaming in Spinner.com's "Listening Party" here. Sundark and Riverlight was recorded this summer at Peter Gabriel's all-analogue Real World Studio by Patrick to celebrate 10 years of making music - an idea to strip away all the electronics and explore acoustic arrangements - to reframe the songs themselves in a more intimate setting.
Sundark and Riverlight highlights Wolf's skills as a songwriter, arranger and vocalist, recreating his catalogue, which has delved from folk to pop to industrial over the course of five full-length albums. Instead of simply picking the songs which were released as singles from each full-length, Wolf chose the songs that he felt relevant to him today. Said Wolf, "As a songwriter I realised that some songs take on a life of their own once released. I never knew that "Paris" from Lycanthropy would become such an anthem for my crowd. Often when I sing the songs live after they are recorded, new words or meanings come to light then I improvise depending on how I am feeling that night. I thought It was time after ten years to take a moment to understand and document what these songs have grown up to be while I've been travelling them around the world the last decade."