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Boomkat Product Review:
Aged 23 and already on his third album, Patrick Wolf is certainly gathering steam. After receiving rapturous critical plaudits for Lycanthropy and Wind In The Wires, Wolf embarked on a high profile tour with biggest fans, Bloc Party, and now with The Magic Position, he makes his debut on a major label. Calling the first song on the album 'Overture' should give some idea of where Wolf's ambitions lie, and the song is certainly as grandly realised as the title suggests, with rumbling electronic beats and rich, syrupy strings. 'Bluebells' marks Wolf's finest moment on this album though, its firework percussion a kind of backbeat for a great electroacoustic pop song (if there could be such a thing). Wolf cites early twentieth century electronic composition as a major influence on his music, and while this might sound utterly unlikely, beneath the Kate Bush-styled piano of 'Secret Garden' there is an authentic approximation of vintage musique concrete clanging and clattering underneath. There are a few big name guest appearances that crop up on the album, most prominently a vocal from Marianne Faithful on the ballad for piano and violin, 'Magpie', but you'll also find Polwechsel's Werner Dafeldecker on double bass and even Patrick Pulsinger providing handclaps. Clearly Mr Wolf has some friends in high places, and you can understand why: The Magic Position amply demonstrates a still burgeoning command of electronically enhanced pop music.