Is your love cool?
is, according to the title of their impressive debut album, which cruelly forfeited Number 1 last week to the hype surrounding Florence’s tremendous Glastonbury performance.
They take their name from a short story by Angela Carter, which symbolically explores a young girl’s experience of puberty. A fitting name, as ‘My Love Is Cool’
explores the highs and lows of adolescence, with both nostalgic fuzziness and unsettling menace.
Stand out track ‘Bros’
is an instant classic, a tribute to childhood friends that sounds like The XX
if they suddenly developed a penchant for radio friendly indie-pop. The refrain of ‘there’s no one quite like you’ and a melodic guitar riff are enough to make even the most hard-hearted smile.
Lead single ‘Giant Peach’
is sometimes rather brilliant too. The band swaps woozy acoustic pop for defiant and energetic Indie rock, with some tremendously immersive instrumental sections.
Front-woman Ellie Rowsell commented in The Guardian that ‘I'm always a fan of bands who never write the same song twice’. This is evident from Wolf Alice
’s restless generic interests, which proves both a blessing and a curse on their debut.
On the plus side, each new song is a surprise. Fans of heavier rock will be satisfied with ‘You’re a Germ’
; there’s some atmospheric synth pop in the form of ‘Soapy Water’
; and to round things off, there’s a pretty acoustic track about death called ‘The Wonderwhy’
Whatever your tastes, Wolf Alice are prepared to write a song to suit them!
Rowsell’s voice is surprisingly versatile. She moves from angelic choir girl in opener ‘Turn to Dust’
, through to Hayley Williams inspired shouting on ‘You’re a Germ’
via Xx moodiness, then on to something akin to the distinctive…