Posts Tagged ‘Ellie Roswell’

September 28, 2017

I can’t begin to describe how excited I am for Wolf Alice’s sophomore album Visions Of A Life, due out in but two days from now on September 29th via Dirty Hit / RCA. The UK band has without a doubt been one of our favorites for several years now and it’s been such vindicating fun watching their star power grow as they released their acclaimed first album followed by nominations for a Mercury Prize, a Grammy, and a Brit Award, among other accomplishments. This brand new video for their single Heavenward only serves to fuel our excitement even more, particularly since it captures some of the sheer energy of the band’s live show (which I was lucky enough to experience quite recently when they played intimate Rickshaw Stop in San Francisco on a hot, sweaty, and packed evening). Is there anything better than Ellie Roswell’s voice, which has the capacity of being so delicate and sweet yet spunky and full of fire all in the span of an album? Visions Of A Life is unfurling as quite a diverse collection of alt rock and indie rock songs. From the pounding furious to the dreamy melodic and gazey swirling, it seems to have it all. If you haven’t pre-ordered the album yet, here’s your chance to do so: http://dirtyhit.lnk.to/visionsofalife.

July 6, 2017

Wolf Alice returned a few weeks ago with a trasher of an alt rock song named Yuk Foo, and it’s probably the most gloriously hard the UK band has gone in their short but illustrious career so far. Now they’ve followed it up with a completely different kind of tune named Don’t Delete The Kisses, also a taste from their forthcoming sophomore album Visions of a Life. This time around, Wolf Alice has gone gazey and dreamy, wading deep into dream pop, shoegaze, and synthpop territory. The band continues to surprise and delight with a grasp on a wide spectrum of music. Visions of a Life will be out on September 29th via Dirty Hit / RCA. I can’t wait to see one of my favorite bands at intimate Rickshaw Stop on July 24th. It’s a show which sold out in a matter of minutes, as expected. 

June 12, 2017

It was a real treat to hear Ellie Roswell of Wolf Alice on Alt-J’s new album RELAXER. Her voice graces one of my favorite tracks this year, 3WW. But there’s really nothing like a brand new track from the alt rock quartet from London, whom we’ve been championing for more than four years long, since the days of Every Cloud and White Leather. Yuk Foo arrives by lyric video, and a glowering, menacing one at that which totally matches the song’s restless bristling, ferocious seething rock. The song, the band’s hardest yet, arrives alongside news of Wolf Alice’s sophomore album. Visions Of A Life will hit the shelves on September 29th via Dirty Hit, and I expect it to be a fine follow up to acclaimed debut LP, My Love Is Cool, one of my top albums of 2015. Rebellious snarling Yuk Foo is out now on iTunes, here. Between this and the new DFA I just shared, I’m ready to aggressively jump all over my office room with my head swinging violently in every direction possible. 

March 6, 2017

Big Alt-J news for big Alt-J fans like me has surfaced tonight, and I just had to hop on immediately to share. The band’s third album, Relaxer, will be arriving on June 9th. Alt-J has also revealed a first taste from the album. Gently strolling 3WW is a poetic ambling experimental folk piece that feels like we’re taking in José González from a medieval cloister before it crests with a supple stratification that evokes Alt-J’s prior music. 3WW is an enriching experience that offers more with every renewed listen, particularly when done so with the same fastidious attention to detail that is always rewarding when it comes to these English raconteurs. The song also features the addition of female vocals. They sound familiar, but I’ve yet to find any information regarding who it might be. As it turns out, it’s Wolf Alice’s Ellie Roswell! 3WW can also be streamed via Spotify or Apple Music, here. You can already pre-order RELAXER, here. Keep in mind this is Alt-J, so most of us will likely be unraveling the song bit by bit for some time to come. I’m sure there’s plenty to be discovered in 3WW’s esoteric lyrics and meticulous consistency. For the moment, I find 3WW to be beautiful. Is there anything more romantic than “I just want to love you in my own language”? But then, there’s also a lustful sense of desire to be felt in other portions of the song, too. One thing’s for sure, 3WW is an escapade, and we are tourists in Alt-J’s world, one immensely vivid and melodious. This is a song you can smell and taste.