Melbourne’s Timothy Wolf has offered up a rendition of his debut single for latest instalment of Rolling Stone’s ‘In My Room’, a series in which artists perform from home following a year which has seen live shows become a rarity.
The Timothy Wolf name might be a relatively nascent one for lovers of Aussie music, but with his band The Howlers, it’s taken no time at all for Wolf and his musical mates to launch something truly special.
Sharing their debut single “In Your Arms Again” back in March, the smooth, soulful number proved that even right from the start, Wolf is in command of some truly astonishing musical power.
As Wolf explained upon its release, the song was inspired by a youth spent listening to ’50s soul and rockabilly, while legends such as Otis Redding, Johnny Cash, and Etta James helped to inform his musical direction.
“It inspires me that they came from a time where they literally founded and defined the rules of balladry and songwriting,” he explains. “I think ‘In Your Arms Again’ is pretty true to some of these classic influences whilst lending itself to a contemporary soundscape.
“I’ve been quite ambitious pushing the boundaries yet trying to serve this song with the influences it deserves whilst also incorporating the sound and identity myself and The Howlers have to offer.”
“The song comes from a dreamy, old soul, rosy-eyed state,” he continues. “I’m lucky enough for all of my grandparents to have had 50+ year marriages. This song highlights the commitment relationships like this take whilst also drawing from within my own rosy-eyed beginnings. There’s also a chance it might have come from one of the weddings I’ve played trying to support my original project.”
To celebrate its recent release, Wolf has treated us to a special rendition of the track for our ‘In My Room’ series. Accompanied by a couple of the Howlers – Ayden Thorne on saxophone and James Di Fabrizio on guitar – the stripped-back performance is a truly special one, with soulful vocals on full display, and the deft, inimitable instrumentation helping to push the song into almost ethereal territory.
Check out Timothy Wolf’s performance in the player above, or by heading over to Rolling Stone Australia’s Instagram page. In the meantime, Wolf’s debut single, “In Your Arms Again”, was released back in March.