“Go heavenward,” instructs Wolf Alice vocalist and guitarist Ellie Rowsell on the opening track of the quartet’s second album, ‘Visions Of A Life’. Indie’s long-awaited sweethearts are returning with a follow-up to their 2015 debut ‘My Love Is Cool’, offering 12 cautionary tales proving perhaps all that glitters is not gold.
From the snarling ‘Yuk Foo’ (“You bore me to death, well deplore me”) to the sparkling ‘Don’t Delete The Kisses’ (“I wanna tell the whole world about you, I think that that’s a sign”), it’s a record that appears to document visions of a life filled with loss, uncertainty and the anxieties that follow.
Maybe the product of a transitional period in Rowsell’s life, it’s easy to get lost yourself in the singer’s endearing lyricism, particularly on ‘Planet Hunter’ and ‘Sky Musings’, which use wistful synths, tectonic percussion and, at points, grungy guitars as a backdrop. The LP’s title track closes the record with surging riffs that bring on a rock ‘n’ roll chorus of roaring instrumental elements. Ellie sings: “my journey ends when my heart stops beating,” however with another body of work looking set to propel the four-piece even further, this band’s journey is far from over yet.
Words: Shannon Cotton
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