Following their Mercury-nominated album My Love Is Cool, Wolf Alice take an unorthodox reach into the wonders of life with their sophomore album Visions Of A Life. And they’re doing a good job of not shying from the good days and the bad.
Let’s cut to the cliché: Wolf Alice have grown, it certainly shows. They’re past the point of making music that they think sounds good and are now consciously aware of their impact. With the help of legendary producer Justin Meldal-Johnsen (Paramore, Jimmy Eat World), the London four-piece have taken Visions Of A Life up a notch.
Heavenward is of a sentimental kind and sets the album off with the expected indie-pop tone. But this is interrupted by a punch to the face with the rowdy Yuk Foo in which vocalist Ellie Rowsell bawls through fierce, angsty lyrics.
Rowsell is quite the genius; spoken word pieces from Don’t Delete The Kisses are effortlessly romantic and accentuates the sheer unconventional elegance of Wolf Alice.
The frontwoman whispers, “Instead I’m typing you a message that I know I’ll never send, rewriting old excuses, delete the kisses at the end” alluring the boy-meets-girl narrative in which she so desperately fantasises about.
Formidable Cool and After The Zero Hour pair together as should-be festival anthems. They form something reminiscent of ‘Bros’, the band’s most pivotal track from their 2015 record.
Staying short of eight minutes long, the track Visions Of A Life is euphoric in its own right. The final track downplays its own intricacies of life itself: love, hate, journey, experiences and death. It’s remnants confirm Wolf Alice’s status in music: ballsy and unapologetic. Purposely defying the rule book, they might just be one of the biggest bands in the UK right now.
The delivery of Visions of a Life also marks the release of “On The Road”, a film inspired by, and featuring, Wolf Alice. Filmed over the band’s UK touring period in 2016, the film is mostly unscripted. Director Michael Winterbottom’s road film combines fictitious characters with the reality of life on the road.
Check out the trailer here:
‘Visions Of A Life’ is out now!