Patrick Wolf (born Patrick Denis Apps on 30 June 1983) is an English singer-songwriter from South London. Patrick utilises a wide variety of instruments in his music, most commonly the ukulele, piano and viola. Known for combining electronic sampling with classical instruments, Wolf’s styles range from romantic folk to techno-pop.
In April 2010 it was announced that Wolf had signed a record deal with Hideout, a subsidiary of Mercury Records, who will release his fifth album, Lupercalia. The final title was announced via Twitter on 23 December 2010.
On 4 November 2010, Wolf announced that the first single from Lupercalia was to be “Time of My Life” and the song was posted on YouTube. Of the song, Wolf said: “‘Time of My Life’ is a song that I began writing at the end of a relationship in 2006 and then finished three years later during a temporary break-up in my current relationship. The new album has a direct narrative about love and optimism surviving through adversity and recession. I wanted to celebrate the love and hope I have found in the last few years.” The song was released on 6 December 2010. He also announced that Lupercalia would be released in May 2011.
On 10 January 2011, Wolf announced on his official Twitter account that the second single from the album, “The City”, would be released on 14 March 2011.
On 6 April 2011, Wolf released Lupercalia 20 June 2011 worldwide (excluding USA, where it was released 28 June 2011). In the same month, Wolf was featured on the cover of national UK publication Notion), which included an interview conducted by writer Alex Lee Thomson, clothes by James Long, and photos by James Moriarty.
On 18 May 2012 Wolf announced that he was working on his next album, to be released later in the year: “I’m going back to the studio and recording my jubilee record… The album will be totally, totally, totally stripped down. It’s time for me to be retrospective about the last ten years before I move onto the next ten. I’m 28 and I think it’s quite fun to sing the songs you wrote as a teenager.”