Wolf Alice's album is a smörgåsbord of emotions [Review]

Wolf Alice's album is a smörgåsbord of emotions [Review]

Indie-rock Londoners Wolf Alice have dropped their first full-length album. With influences from RCA labelmate Imogen Heap, My Love is Cool gives happy, motivational tracks an edge.

Opener Turn to Dust is an echoey, wispy cross between the delicate vocals of Adele and Waiting Game singer Banks' penchant for the dramatic, while Bros falls somewhere between surfer-rock and ambient, with heavy beats and happy-go-lucky lyrics: "Oh, I'm so lucky /You are my best friend".

Moaning Lisa Smile swaps angst for hope and anticipation, and chirpy duo Freazy and The Wonderwhy recall show tunes from The King and I.

There are punkier riffs and jarring vocals reminiscent of early Avril Lavigne in You're a Germ and Giant Peach, while the nihilistic Silk has singer Ellie Rowsell delivering a haunting performance of deadpan lyrics.

This is a strong debut and, thanks to interesting instrumentation and its indie sentiment, will appeal to punk rockers as well as the hipster crowd.

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Happy-go-lucky, yet haunted


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