THE first time Patrick Wolf played in these parts was six years ago when he came to town to promote breakthrough album Wind In The Wires.
It was a proper event and the 6ft 4in singer, towering high over a rammed Cabaret Voltaire, owned the stage, picking up a five-star review in the following day’s Evening News for his troubles.
Even so, the scrawny troubadour has come a long way since, constantly evolving and bettering himself as both a writer and a producer.
It’s time for Mr Wolf again on Saturday night, with the precocious, classically-trained, multi-instrumentalist bringing latest release Lupercalia to the Liquid Room.
The album is the Londoner’s most accessible yet, and it’s helped him find a wider audience, with the likes of Lady Gaga declaring herself a huge fan.
According to the newly-engaged Wolf, the album’s mostly positive vibe owes a lot to personal happiness.
He explains, “I was writing so many different ways for [last album] The Bachelor, four or five different types of music and I wanted to do something next that had more focus. Something more consistent.
“There’s a lot of love in there, but also there’s a break-up halfway through - so there are different aspects to love included... different stories. It all leads up to me being engaged and getting married, I guess.”
Wolf says he’s grown up a lot over the past year or so, and the album reflects this. “I’d been single for such a long time, going out and falling into gutters – being paparazzied on a small scale, but enough to mess me up – and I just felt empty,” he says. “Then, when I was out one night, it was a love-at-first-sight moment.
“This album was all about trying to write about being in love without the cliche.”
Patrick Wolf, Liquid Room, Victoria Street, Saturday, 7pm, £13.50, 0131-225 2564