Back in November, Patrick Wolf returned with his first new music in a decade, a single called “Enter The Day,” which is set to appear on an EP called The Night Safari, arriving April 14. Today, Wolf is back with another song from the EP called “Nowhere Game.”
Here’s what Wolf had to say about “Nowhere Game”:
On the way home from a concert on a stage facing the Black Sea in Crimea I recorded a melody into my laptop and started programming on the plane home, trying to make a portrait of the storm rolling I had watched sat backstage on the beach with an armed security guard. Many years later as I was finishing The Night Safari E.P I discovered that unfinished project and then the new string section and lyrics of a period of life I named “nowhere game”, a few years where I stopped singing altogether apart from, I realised, to record “happy birthday” down the phone to my friends and family. Ultimately the song to me is a slow realisation of being trapped in any manifestation of vicious cycle and a long way yet from knowing how to ask for help. The viola and violin parts on Nowhere Game and across the e.p are played by myself for the first time since my first two albums, proof to me that I had broken one of my own vicious cycles in the end and returned to my craft.
As for the song’s video, which is directed by Joseph Wilson, Wolf says:
This video is the second part of a film directed by Joseph Wilson that journeys through the first two tracks of The Night Safari E.P, this second part opens with me rowing down the black frozen river of the previous song into the “Nowhere Game” that Joseph and I imagined up inspired by our own mutual experiences of nowhere. Every stitch of clothes and costume in the video from my own to the nowhere creatures too was handmade by me and the visionary Marco Tullio Siviglia, our collaboration, as it came to pass with every creative and dancer involved on the video became as magical as it was accidentally emotional. As we all began to enter past the midnight hour it soon began to feel like an act of solidarity filming in the abandoned Beacon Hill Fort on the coldest night of 2022.
Listen to and watch “Nowhere Game” below.
01 “The Night Safari”
02 “Nowhere Game”
05 “Enter The Day”
04/19 – Cardiff, UK @ Globe
04/20 – Glasgow, UK @ Oran Mor
04/21 – Hebden Bridge, UK @ Trades Club
04/23 – Manchester, UK @ Band On The Wall
04/24 – London, UK @ Lafayette
The Night Safari EP will be out 4/14 via Apport.