The City

Album: Lupercalia (2011)
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Songfacts®:

  • This brass-laded pop song is the second single from English singer-songwriter Patrick Wolf's fifth studio album Lupercalia. Written and produced by Wolf, the song premiered on January 15, 2011 on Steve Lamacq's BBC Radio 2 show.
  • Wolf explained the song's meaning to Digital Spy: "In a way it's a protest song. It's saying that no matter how homeless, poor or jobless we are, we won't let that affect our love and relationships. From a production point of view, brass was very important to the song. There's a great saxophone moment which I love, because it's quite a gutsy, rebellious instrument and that suits the theme."
  • The music video was directed by Kinga Burza, and filmed in Santa Monica, California in December 2010. Said Wolf to Digital Spy: "The idea was to portray an escape from the city, and Santa Monica beach is right next to its city, so you can party on the sand and still have that urban feel. It's filmed in 16mm, which was expensive but important, because I feel that a lot of the digital stuff nowadays lacks any depth. I'm still very much an analogue person!"

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