|Birth name||Alexander Gordon de Menthon|
|Also known as||Alexander Wolfe|
|Born||24 December 1981|
|Origin||Cambridge, Cambridgeshire, England, UK|
|Occupations||Songwriter, Singer, musician|
Alexander Wolfe is an English singer-songwriter and musician.
Alexander Wolfe (born 24 December 1981) is a musician and songwriter. Born Alexander Gordon de Menthon in Cambridge, he moved to London as a child. His parents are Anne de Menthon & James Gordon. On his mother's side he has a Canadian grandmother called Betty Wolfe and a French Grandfather called Count Henri de Menthon. The de Menthon family are one of the oldest families in Europe dating back to the Knights of Charlamagne, among their numbers is Saint Bernard de Menthon who was made a saint for rescuing lost travellers from the Alps with the help of his dogs who went on to inherited his name. Alexander's Grandfather Henri de Menthon died and in his will he left Alexander a Rembrant lithograph which he later sold to fund the making of his debut album and the beginning of his musical career.
Upon leaving school Alexander formed his 1st band proper 'Taxi' with Jamie Cullum after a chance encounter in a guitar shop on London's Denmark St. The band enjoyed mild live success and toured with Paul Weller before finally imploding in the summer of 2002 due, partly, to Jamie's pending solo deal with Universal & partly due to musical differences. During this time Alexander's Grandmother Betty died. He took her maiden name 'Wolfe' as his own and decided to pursue a solo career.
Alexander released his debut album 'Morning Brings a Flood' in March 2010 and is currently gearing up for the release of his second album 'Skeletons' which is slated for release in September 2012.
Morning Brings A Flood
Alexander Wolfe's debut album 'Morning Brings a Flood' was originally intended to be an acoustic collection of songs what began life as some simple recordings, evolved into a dense, sprawling, internally driven piece of work. He sold a Rembrant Lithograph left to him by his Grandfather to fund the making of the album. He bought a portable home recording studio set up (a mic, a laptop etc.) enabling him to record anywhere. Taking a completely DIY approach, he shut himself away in various lofts, bedrooms and studios around London and Buckinghamshire, where he played all of the instruments (bar the drums, the strings & the horns) and took a self-taught crash course in recording and production. The result is an utterly personal, direct musical insight into the world of Alexander Wolfe.
The bones of 'Morning Brings a Flood' was recorded in Wheeler End Studios in Buckinghamshire, UK. The "home" studio owned by Noel Gallagher of Rock band Oasis. All the instruments were played by Alexander except the drums, which were played by Steve Pilgrim (Paul Weller, formally The Stands), and the strings and horns.
Alexander adorned the album with extras in the shape of videos and artwork. He created the charming stop frame animation video for 'Teabags in Ashtrays' in his loft and followed that with the 7 minute album closer 'Stuck Under September' as a short film. The film stars Emilia Fox as the moon, and was premiered at the National Portrait Gallery in September 2010 The album artwork came from a chance visit to Goldsmiths Art School (100 yards from Wolfe's front door), where he fell in love with a painting called 'The Future; Stage 1' by Shaan Syed.
Since its release in March 2010 'Morning Brings a Flood' has garnered significant critical acclaim on both sides of the Atlantic. The New York Post called it "the most beautiful album heard in years. Period" as well as 4 star reviews in Q magazine & Uncut which described the album as "An object lesson in how to wring out every last drop of emotion". The Sunday Times simply declared it "A beautiful album".
'Song For the Dead' was used as the opening & closing music for BBC 2 sitcom Whites starring Alan Davies as the executive chef at a country house hotel. The album was released on Dharma Records in March 2010. It was preceded by the double A-side single 'Till Your Ship Comes In/Teabags In Ashtrays' which was released in November 2009. 'Song For The Dead' was released as a single in May 2010. 'Breakdown EP' was released in July 2010.
- Emergenza emerging talent UK 2009
- Emergenza European singer/songwriter 2009
- International Acoustic Music Award (IAMA) for Teabags In Ashtrays 2010
- International Songwriting Award for Stuck Under September 2011
Whites (TV Series)
Whites (TV series) is a BBC sitcom, written by Oliver Lansley and Matt King, and starring Alan Davies as the executive chef at a country house hotel. BBC 2 gave the go ahead for the show to go into production in August 2009 with the first episode airing in September 2010. The opening and closing music is "Song for the Dead" written and performed by Alexander Wolfe.
- BBC2 Sitcom Whites - http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b00v3736
- Dharma Records - http://www.dharmarecords.co.uk/AlexanderWolfe.html
- Interview with The Vinyl District - http://www.thevinyldistrict.com/uk/2011/06/06/alexander-wolfe-the-360tvd-interview/
- AWAL - http://www.awal.com/blog/alexander-wolfe-till-your-ship-comes-teabags-ashtrays
- Interview with LCassetta (French Language) - http://lcassetta.com/alexander-wolfe-linterview/
- Line Of Best Fit - http://www.thelineofbestfit.com/2010/05/alexander-wolfe-morning-brings-a-flood/
- Interview with The Playground - http://www.theplayground.co.uk/review/review.php?revID=125
- Guardian - http://www.guardian.co.uk/music/2009/aug/14/new-band-alexander-wolfe
- Interview with Sport.co.uk - http://www.sport.co.uk/features/Football/1331/Sportcouk_meetsAlexander_Wolfe.aspx