2019 album. Also available on vinyl.
Sketched out in studios, hotel rooms, and on the road, English singer-songwriter Alexander Wolfe’s new record ‘Little Death’ is the sound of a spirit unleashed, a daring return from a songwriter who has proved his worth over and over again. The album is a powerful, exhilarating return following a step back in late 2018. Taking a break following the liquidation of the label he was signed to, he found his heart drawn to song-writing, with the beautiful new production coming into fruition. “I’m leaving mistakes in,” he states. More Velvet Underground than Nick Drake, the new material is acoustic with an art-rock edge, akin to those early Elliott Smith recordings, the first 2 Bon Iver albums, or even Swedish songwriter Jose Gonzales. Simultaneously looking inward & outward, the new material is both deeply personal and bound by its context. If anything, this new album is the sound of someone letting go - both of an unsettled past, and of their own preconceptions.
‘Little Death’ is an exquisite body of work that showcases Wolfe’s immense talent and one that almost never came to be. With two acclaimed albums to his name, the release of his third - ‘From The Shallows’ - in 2015 was set to be a landmark moment in his career, from the musician who upon leaving school formed his first band, 'Taxi', with Jamie Cullum, after a chance encounter in a guitar.
Having released preview singles ‘Your Love Is A Wheel’, ‘Breaking The Fall’, ‘Oslo’, ‘I Can’t Get To Sleep’ and most recently the amazing Avalanche over the course of the last 18 months, he’s picked up support by way of Lauren Laverne and 6 Music Recommends, Radio X, Indie Shuffle, CLASH, The Line of Best Fit, Mahogany Blog, Record of the Day and All Things Go to name a few.
Wolfe co-wrote Les Enfants Terribles underground hit show ‘The Trench’, he also scored ‘Alice’s Adventures Underground’, an Olivier nominated play that enjoyed two hugely acclaimed - and completely sold out - London runs. “I needed to find a little space where there was nothing else, no distractions,” he explains. Taking up residence in a Hackney studio, Alexander Wolfe found that he simply couldn’t avoid songwriting - it was a part of him, as natural as breathing, and slowly a new album came into focus.