As a music lover who grew up on a staple diet of mid-00s indie and my Dad’s Rock ‘n’ Roll collection, the current state of guitar bands has been getting me down. Genuine guitar music seemed to be a thing of the past, I’ve been stumbling from genre to genre, discovering great music along the way, but the whole time still craving something that could make me feel the way my younger self-did when he span an Arctic Monkeys or a Libertines record. Well, fortunately, I’ve found it.
‘Visions of a Life’ by Wolf Alice is a brilliant album. It’s indie rock how it should be, no carefully cultivated sound in sight. It’s deeply moving at times and in your face angry at others, you never know what to expect next.
‘Sky Musings’ is a structureless, mumbled mess of anxious drums and ethereal guitars that comes together in confused, cacophonous joy whilst ‘Yuk Foo’ is a furious, fast-paced song with singer Ellie Roswell screaming ‘You bore me to death/No I don’t give a shit’ over and over at some unfortunate soul.
The crowning moment of this album though is ‘Don’t Delete the Kisses’. It may be one of the greatest love songs of this Millennium. Roswell’s stream of consciousness, half-spoken verses both clash with and perfectly complement a chorus filled with such exposed honesty you almost feel embarrassed listening to it, but you’ll scream along all the same.
There is so much brilliance to this album, too much to cover in a 300 word review. I haven’t fallen in love with an album this quickly in a long time. It inspires an instant emotional reaction whilst always holding something back, begging for relistens time and time again. This is my album of the year so far and I don’t see that changing.