Patrick Wolf has stuffed a lot of music into his 23 years. At only 14 years old, the London native was playing gigs with English art-pop band Minty. By the time he was 16, he'd left home to busk with a string quartet. Just for good measure, Wolf also recently spent a year studying composition at the prestigious Trinity College of Music in Greenwich, England.
Wolf puts all that experience to good use on "The Magic Position," the self-titled track from his new, highly praised album. A bed of electronic blips and bleeps percolates beneath an exuberant string arrangement and a great '50s-derived sax part. It's all topped off by Wolf's winning melody, sung in a voice that calls to mind a campier Bryan Ferry. It's a fun listen from a promising young talent.
-- David Marchese