English songwriter Patrick Wolf has announced his comeback EP The Night Safari with lead single “Enter the Day”, his first release in over a decade.
We last heard from Wolf with 2012 ‘s Sundark and Riverlight, a double-album acoustic retelling from his back catalogue. “Enter the Day” arrives exactly 20 years after its debut, The Patrick Wolf EP. The song begins with searching pianos and the words, “There’s no easy way to start/telling the story of the year of your drowning.”
In a statement, Wolf said that when he wrote the song he was thinking about his mother, who died of cancer in 2018. “A charcoal drawing of a hawk was the last work my mother was doing before she died and when I did my first walk to explore the land around my new home when I moved to live by the sea, a hawk hovered over me silently at the mouth of the bay,” he wrote. “That afternoon I went home to my upright piano and started writing this song, which ended up becoming an epilogue to the narrative of O Safári Noturno PE. As a producer, I created this song as a bridge between the melancholy production of Sundark and Riverlight to where the new EP will take the listener on safari.”
Check out “Enter the Day” below. The Night Safari is expected in 2023.