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What the Wolf listened to in 2011

What the Wolf listened to in 2011

10: King Creosote & Jon Hopkins Diamond Mine Fife-born Kenny Anderson (King Creosote) and London-born producer Jon Hopkins were nominated for the Mercury Prize in 2011. Both considered it a surprise, perhaps even a distraction to their modest work in studios, producing (Hopkins) and running a small label (Anderson). And...
I'm in Your Church at Night

I’m in Your Church at Night

I bought tickets for Active Child’s gig at London’s St Pancras Old Church with the intention of enjoying it, not reviewing it, but sometimes music is too moving to keep quiet about. L.A.-based singer/songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Pat Grossi is Active Child. Although he is as comfortable with a keyboard or...
New Wolf Sessions: #4 - Adam Donen

New Wolf Sessions: #4 – Adam Donen

The stakes are raised when a video session is to be filmed in a cemetery for an album named ‘Vampires’. On our way to meet singer-songwriter Adam Donen, with miscellaneous vampires and creatures wandering to and fro, naturally the heebie-jeebies rose in our stomachs. As we approached a ruin of...
Neverest Songs

Neverest Songs

Luke Twyman is the architect of the band Neverest Songs. Band names don’t always have a story but if this one did it’d tell of the meditations of a young climber seated at the bottom of a Nepalese mountain intimidated but determined to face the impending journey. Luke Twyman, hailing...
Bon Iver: out of the woods and into the studio

Bon Iver: out of the woods and into the studio

Louisa McGillicuddy on Bon Iver’s eponymous new album. ‘I’m riddling all your stories / what I know, what it is, is pouring – wire it up! / you’re breaking your ground.’ So calls out Bon Iver front man, Justin Vernon, in the opening track to Bon Iver, ‘Perth’, a song...
Contemporary classical composition is still classic

Contemporary classical composition is still classic

Hauschka, Volker Bertelmann, composes music at the sort of rate that most musicians can only dream of. The Düsseldorf-based pianist and composer has created eight albums in as many years. But the quality of these piano-led works belies the rapidity with which they are produced. However, there’s a triple sharp...
The New Wolf Sessions: #2 - Disappearers

The New Wolf Sessions: #2 – Disappearers

Aqueous, winding, corkscrewing – The Auricle is changing. And speaking of corkscrews: in keeping with our mission to provide the rarest and esoteric, we’re starting a new epoch of live sessions with a twist. We’re inviting artists into the studio, not only to play the usual sessions with guitars, keys...
What the Wolf listened to in 2010

What the Wolf listened to in 2010

No matter how many days I have sweated over the subjective finer detail of one artist’s oozing creativity over another’s ­– ­­in the struggle to distinguish victors I may have set apart two albums by comparing the resonance of a cowbell in each, or asked how a vocalist delivers the...
The New Wolf Sessions: #1 - Lower Dens

The New Wolf Sessions: #1 – Lower Dens

Too many words are always an affront but on rare occasions, the mere presence can distract from a more basic language being spoken. The glint of an eye or the suggestion of a smile is harder to contain than any thought or belief. In respect of this, on an ice...