What do you get when you add two folk singers and lack of contraception in New York together? The answer is the wonderfully eccentric Rufus Wainwright.

Wainwright was born in  New York, to parents Kate McGarrigle and Loudon Wainwright III. Having a father with a name as vaudevillian as that, it makes sense that he would produce a homosexual, operatic enthused piano player of a son.

The cut through the whole ”I knew I was gay when I was 11” histrionics, Wainwright moved from Montreal moved to New York City in 1996, performing regularly at Club Fez. He relocated to Los Angeles that year and began his first studio album, 1998’s Rufus Wainwright. Waronker paired Wainwright with producer Jon Brion, and the two spent most of 1996 and 1997 making the record. Wainwright recorded 56 songs in total, on 62 rolls of tape. The sessions cost $700,000.

Wainwright’s self-titled debut received critical acclaim; Rolling Stone recognized it as one of the best albums of the year, and named the singer “Best New Artist” of the year.

Wainwright was nominated for four awards by the Gay & Lesbian American Music Awards, including Album of the Year, Pop Recording of the Year and Video of the Year, and won for Best New Artist.

Add another 6 albums to the discography and you end up talking about his latest album, Out Of  The Game. The track in question is of the same name and it’s pretty special. It’s piano heavy as you would expect but has a timeless quality to it.

What makes Wainwright’s stuff fascinating is that you can’t pin it to a particular time period. It could have been made in the 70’s or the 00’s. Regardless of the year, just enjoy it for what it is.

If you like the man Rufus go to his website for further info.