It’s rare for an artist to knock it out of the park so soundly on their debut single, but with things happening so fast for Timothy Wolf, it’s hardly any surprise that months of hard work and rising acclaim have resulted in something like the stellar “In Your Arms Again”.
Recorded in Byron Bay at Bernard Fanning and Nick DiDia’s famed La Cueva Studios, and featuring production and mixing by Dan Frizza (The Waifs, Gurumul, Ash Grunwald), “In Your Arms Again” was recorded against the frightening backdrop of 2020, with uncertainty creeping into the process.
“It was such a special time away,” Wolf explains. “We didn’t know we were within the eye of the COVID-19 hurricane or that we’d head straight back into a gruelling stage 4 Melbourne lockdown.”
Thankfully, everything went smoothly, and the completed track now arrives only weeks after Wolf’s live debut, with gentle horns, smooth guitar, and – the main attractions – Wolf’s stunningly-gorgeous voice helping cement it as an instant classic of the Australian music scene.
As Wolf explains, the track 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.”
While the song itself is all class, “In Your Arms Again” also comes accompanied by a music video which captures the full Timothy Wolf experience in a live setting. Filmed by Shoelace Creative (Didirri, Kim Churchill, Hollow Coves), the clip captures Wolf and his band The Howlers at their sold out live debut at Melbourne’s Night Cat in February, and helps to complement the musical side of the project with the riveting live aspect.
“It is important to me that people can get an idea of what to expect at a Timothy Wolf + The Howlers show, so we turned our debut show at The Night Cat into a film clip,” Wolf explains.
“It will also serve as a beautiful life cataloguing moment of our humble beginnings. Our debut show with so many of our dearest friends, playing a song written in my bedroom.”
While “In Your Arms Again” serves as a mesmerising debut from Wolf and The Howlers, there’s plenty of more music still to come in the near future, along with a live show at Melbourne’s Northcote Social Club on May 6th.
Timothy Wolf’s “In Your Arms Again” is officially released on Friday, March 12th.
Timothy Wolf 2021 Tour Dates
Thursday, May 6th
Northcote Social Club, Melbourne, VIC (18+)
Tickets: Northcote Social Club