A new month and another debut album. What can Wolf Alice produce?
Purchase and Packaging
I find it hard to find new bands in todays world of streaming. Wolf Alice first came to my attention on TFI Friday in 2015. I looked them up on Spotify an saved there album but never really gave it the time it deserved. During a usual “need something new to listen to” I gave it another few listens and really got into it. It was an easy choice for a vinyl to buy, we need support new British bands, they are a dying breed.
I have been busy lately so I have had to rely on online shopping. This album was purchased from Amazon. It cost £21.99 but does come in a gatefold sleeve with two 180 gram vinyl records and a download code. The packaging looks great in its glossy off black and gold colours. However each record comes in a gold card sleeve, which looks nice but is of poor quality leading to lots of tiny bits of cardboard all over each record.
The album starts with a great slow build up on the first track “Turn To Dust”. It’s a slow beat which showcases Ellie Rowsell dreamy voice and lyrics.
The overriding feeling I get when listening the the album is some of a 90s throw back to The Cranberries, but different enough to standout as there own sound. It has the right balance of guitar riffs and electronica in the mix to give a different sound than anything been released at the minute. It certainly doesn’t suffer like most new releases of been to heavy with the bass. The band also aren’t afraid of going heavy with the guitars and screaming vocals when called for. Its an amazing sound.
Not a bad track insight here. I have listen to the album many times online and it just gets better each time. As you work your way through the songs each track is different enough to make each interesting on there own and as part of this collection.
“Giant Peach” is an epic song that has a brilliant long guitar intro and the sound opens right out at the end. It’s a mammoth explosion of a song that leads into the slow pace of the next track “Swallowtail”, which is my favourite one on the album. It is totally different from anything else, granted it’s the only track sang by Joel Amey, but it also has a great acoustic basic sound, and shows the band has a great range.
“The Wonderwhy” is a great ending track as it has a rousing anthem feel to it and the lyrics “don’t leave me here” feels like it shouldn’t be the end (look out for the great acoustic hidden track, again very 90s)
The vinyl is a world away from listening to it on Spotify through headphones. The depth is amazing, background sounds jump out in the quieter parts of the songs, and vocal changes are really noticeable. However due to the poor packaging there is a lot of pops and hiss. Need to replace my missing cloth to clean it up. This is the only downside of the album, but nothing to put you off buying.
On this evidence Wolf Alice are one of the best British bands of the last few years, I look forward to what the do with their next album.