“Keep your beady eyes on me,” sings Ellie Rowsell at the start of Wolf Alice‘s debut, My Love Is Cool. Within the first three tracks of the record, you immediately know why the music world has been right to listen to Rowsell and focus on this quartet as the second coming of modern alt-rock.
Of course, the influences are writ large across all 12 tracks here, ranging from a grungy, 90s-throwback sound to more modern radio indie. But whatever Wolf Alice do, they nail it with so much confidence, clarity and style that this mark feels quite indelible. Rowsell’s charisma underpins songs like Your Loves Whore and Bros, which tie the end of a first, dreamlike act to the record.
You’re A Germ notes a transformation, as Wolf Alice shift gear and deliver a raucous, stadium-sized chorus. Every bit of their sound seems resolutely fine-tuned, even when dialling it down a notch on the echoes of Silk and the more dream-pop leaning Freazy and Soapy Water, before a lush closing third that cross-pollinates all their previous work.
In that sense, Wolf Alice are a bit of an anomaly in a landscape of Bastille and Royal Blood. Primarily in the fact that they’re not laden with overbearing testosterone, but more in the feat they achieve by being one of the few, modern indie bands that can excite a tired genre (seriously, Rowsell is the feminist revelation that the UK scene needs). Even omissions from their earlier catalogue – such as Blush – make sense in their curation of one larger cohesive record, a fact that augurs well given My Love Is Cool will no doubt cement Wolf Alice’s status as piping hot property.
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