Blenheim & Celtic Recordings
Composed and produced by Alexander Wolfe
Mastered at Transition Studios (London, UK)
A1 - Sleep Country
A2 - A Marvelous Persona
A3 - You're Cutting Out On Me
With this project, Alexander Wolfe (a.k.a. Wolfey) aimed to capture the fear and uncertainty that hung quietly like a shadow over North America in the aftermath of the 9/11 attacks. Musically, he draws 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.
Wolfey re-contextualizes classic soul vocals from the likes of Nina Simone and Billy Withers, whose mournful performances compliment the ominous vibes established by his use ofatmospheric field recordings, and speech samples taken from Harmony Korine’s films Julien Donkey-boy and Gummo.
This is Wolfey’s first release on Blenheim & Celtic (Montreal, CAN). He originally planned to include four tracks on this release; however, upon the recommendation of a friend, (LA-based beat-maker & mc, Jonwayne), Wolfey decided to withhold the fourth track from the release in order to develop it a bit further. It may or may not be released in the future–
The Sleep Country EP was mastered at Transition Studios, (London, UK). The artwork is by Lincoln Clarkes (Vancouver, CAN).
praise for "Sleep Country" EP:
"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)