Sundark and Riverlight stylised "Sun☽ark and Riverlight" is a double album released by English-Irish singer-songwriter Patrick Wolf on 15 October 2012. under his own label, Bloody Chamber Music, and Essential Music.
The double album will mark ten years since Wolf's debut studio album, Lycanthropy and will contain re-recorded, acoustic versions of chosen songs from the previous ten years. The first disc, Sundark, will feature "more solitary darker material" and "songs that were written in loneliness and not really thinking about other people", while the second disc, Riverlight, will include "songs of hope and relationship" and "isolation and solitude on one and togetherness".Buffy Sainte-Marie co-wrote the new version of "Hard Times" after they met in Barcelona during the recording session.
Wolf wrote a letter to talk about the album. In the letter, he says, "I thought It was time after a decade to take a moment to document what these songs have grown up to be while I’ve been travelling them around the world." "There was a conscious rebellion on this album against the digital age of auto-tune and mass produced electronic landfill music. I want to present at my 10-year anniversary a musical biography." He cites Stephan Micus, Shirley and Dolly Collins's Love, Death and the Lady as influences to the album. The album is also dedicated to Wolf's Russian fans.
The title of the album is taken from the song London, from Lycanthropy, which begins "Sun dark on darker streets, it's violent times for weary feet..." and ends with "Forget me, I wash myself in your grey river light".