WITH three albums in the bag, kooky folk popster Patrick Wolf has surrendered his sole writer/producer credits, passing the baton to an unlikely ally - former Atari Teenage Riot frontman Alec Empire.
Apparently written during a long world tour in 2007, Wolf claims that after a "week of exhaustion, hedonism and self-destructive tendencies" he was begging for a vulture to come down and take all the dead parts off his body so he could feel "alive and brand new" again.
Two years after his last record, Vulture sees Wolf back with a vengeance and no longer happy to play the indie outsider. Expect big things from his next album, The Bachelor, which is due out in June.
HE MIGHT not look it, but Jeffrey Lewis is probably the closest thing we have to a punk rock hero right now. As well as making waves with his brilliant indie folk album take on anarcho-punk covers, 12 Crass Songs, Lewis has made a name for himself through his straight talking, political comic books.
It is his tongue-in-cheek, sneering take on pop culture that's fast making him a lo-fi cult legend. Like a grown up, but still irresistibly cute, it's business as usual, and brilliant for it.
THE Hours' piano laden follow up to their 2007 debut Narcissus Road sees singer and songsmith Anthony Genn plunge even deeper into the dark days of the addictions that threatened to destroy his career.
As a heroin addict, his days in early groupings of Pulp, Elastica and The Mescaleros may be something of a blur, but the influence of all three are clear. Chorus heavy with dramatic keys and strings throughout, it gets a bit samey but persevere and there are some gems hidden away.