Although North London four piece Wolf Alice are yet to make an album, their 2012 download only tracks and two physical singles and one EP in 2013 have put them on the radar of the press and the indie crowd. Single Of The Week here, festival appearance there. These tracks are the tasters for what must be a debut album coming in 2014.
They began as a quieter band purely because they didn’t have equipment, or a drummer. As soon as they were able to afford it they immediately turned into an indie rock pop band. But Ellie Roswell’s cool breathy vocals give them an intimacy at the same time that sets them apart.
All the physical releases are here to listen to. The latest Blush EP features an additional member Henry Salta who stars in the video singing her and (I suppose), his parts, but I am unable to find any information about him anywhere. Why is he there? Is he in the band? Is he an actor?
So what you have here is an indie hope (they sound a bit like Elastica on the Fluffy single) , but they have something of their own and Bros sees them (with their Cranberries middle eight) simply going somewhere good.
Blush the latest EP has something cooler and even with traditional elements in the chords finds them stamping their own personality on the songs. She, the second track sounds for a second like a rogue Kim Wilde. Loud and quiet bits in their songs are an effective dynamic and a 2014 album will hopefully see them bringing all their best tricks together into one great indie long player.
See them live at Koko in London on New Year’s Eve at the NME Ball.