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Wolfey EP [11/26/13] out now via @hybridity Music:
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The subwoofer under his desk patters at my shins to the rhythm of Roy Ayer's classic, ‘Everybody Loves The Sunshine’. In one graceful motion, my host reclines back in his chair whilst dragging on his ceramic pipe. A moment after removing the piece from his lips, a milky pillar slinks gracefully into his left nostril. He exhales as Mr. Ayer's background vocalists praise, 'my life - my life - my life - my life - In the sunshine'. I sit with my notes in an ornately detailed wooden chair. Oddly enough, the expertly carved ivy that I rest my left palm on top of fails to capture any of my prolonged contemplation as it stands in the shadow of the many other exquisite items of furniture, technology, and general intrigue that occupy the vertically endowed living room that I find myself contentedly admiring. It may also be that this chair is hidden by the literal darkness of a room illuminated modestly by a far from modest dimmer-switch-equipped chandelier. I hold the complacent gaze of a child-sized virgin Mary statuette lurking in a shadow across the room.
I can't help myself from furrowing my brow in disbelief - this is no student home. It is instead the den of Alexander Wolfe, musical wunderkind, industry mogul to-be, and some sort of genius–though he wouldn't say so himself. He's inexplicably cool, in that timeless sort of way, and although this aura and dwelling at first appear to be the product of either his effortless sensibility or a trusty little trust fund, I come to realize that hiding behind my host's superfluously adorned hand-crafted Italian sunglasses is a piercing gaze that reflects the true source of his lair's aforementioned swagger–his brain. Beneath his deceptive air of nonchalance hums a relentlessly contemplative mind...
Alexander Wolfe is an electronic musician based in Montreal, Canada. He released his first EP project entitled Sleep Country on Christmas day 2011 via Blenheim & Celtic Recordings. Despite the obscurity of this newcomer, it met with enthusiastic approval by a handful of reliable taste-makers within the nebulous world of electronic music, including the talent scouts over at R&S Records. With this project, Wolfe (a.k.a. Wolfey) aimed to capture the fear and uncertainty that hung like a shadow over North America in the aftermath of the 9/11 attacks. Musically, he drew on a diverse array of influences ranging from artists such as Burial, DJ Shadow, and early James Blake, to Radiohead, Boards of Canada, and Miles Davis.
He studied electronic music production at Berklee College of Music (Boston). Having recently finished up his undergraduate work in philosophy and history at McGill University (Montreal), he is currently pursuing graduate studies in Indo-Tibetan Buddhism at Naropa University (Boulder).
–Samuel Scott Rutledge, (Low-Life.ca, 2012)
"Sleep Country is a thrilling listen from start to finish. Empty space is ushered out in a beautiful fashion. Seemingly random bleeps and bloops form together in a complex, rhythmic fashion. Vocal samples are altered and chopped to bring out emotion from an otherwise bleak 13 minutes."
–Gabe Meier, (The Astral Plane, 2012)
"The Montreal-based outfit mixes the epic grace of UK bass, the subtleness of electronic composition, and, in James Blake-ian fashion, throws in some dubby soul. It’s a fascinating introduction record that screams, “I’m here, get used to it,” and it’s not worth passing over."
-Jonathan Abramson, (Live For The Funk, 2012)
"A short while ago, we reported on a list of 13 tips that DJ Shadow offered to those looking to survive in the music industry. Number five says, "Keep yourself mysterious to fans." Alexander Wolfe, or Wolfey is a college-educated electronic musician currently based in an old Montreal shoe factory. Among other things, he cites Shadow's 1996 classic Endtroducing....., as an influence."
-David Padula, (Prefix Magazine, 2012)
Wolfey studied electronic music production through Berklee College of Music (Boston). Having recently finished up his undergraduate work in philosophy and history at McGill University (Montreal), he is currently pursuing graduate studies in Indo-Tibetan Buddhism at Naropa University (Boulder).
Wolfey is also founder and editor @
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