Sunday, August 9th, 2009
Lightspeed Champion covers Patrick Wolf
Georgia JaggerThis week’s selection is a little more anti-climactic than I’d have liked, but what can you do. Patrick Wolf’s latest album The Bachelor came out in the UK back at the start of June and while the North American release date of this coming Tuesday was also announced at that point, I certainly wasn’t going to wait to grab a copy of what’s almost certain to be one of my favourite releases of the year. Add in to that the fact that Wolf already toured North America at that time, and there’s not a lot of fanfare to surround the domestic physical release of the record.
I had also hoped that by this time I’d be able to report on the details of the new Lightspeed Champion record, Dev Hynes’ 2008 release Falling Off the Lavender Bridge being one of my favourites of last year and the follow-up being previously mentioned as coming out sometime in October 2009 but now set to see the light of day sometime in 2010.
So perhaps I should have saved this track for then, in case its release lined up with the second part of Wolf’s Battle opus The Conqueror, also originally set for a 2009 release and pushed back to next year. It’s a version of a Wolf b-side, circa The Wind In The Wires, which the notoriously cover-happy Hynes recorded at some point… I don’t know when or for what, but I like it. And apparently there’s more Wolf covers – ones of “Tristan” and “Bluebells” – so if you have them, please do share, and maybe I’ll be able to share those when each artist’s next albums do come out next year.
MP3: Lightspeed Champion – “Souvenirs”
Video: Patrick Wolf – “Souvenirs” (live)