At the back end of 2013 in my annual Ones to Watch posts my first tip for 2014 was Wolf Alice. At the time I suggested that what set them apart from a lot of indie bands was their songwriting ability. It’s that skill that has carried forward to 2017 and what makes their second record Visions of a Life such a triumph. Whether they’re playing savage shouty rock ‘n’ roll (Yuk Foo), dreamy shoegaze (Heavenward), cinematic experimental pop (Don’t Delete The Kisses) or darkwave synth (Sky Musings) there’s always a hook, a melody or something to latch onto.
Visions of a Life, it could be argued, isn’t a particularly modern rock record; it encapsulates many classic sounds and ideas from a multitude of indie rock bands over the last twenty years. But it’s moulded so well into a finely balanced mix of moods, atmospheres and energies that it works as a fully formed body of work that never grows tiring and is a confident step forward from their debut.
Wolf Alice - Don't Delete The Kisses