has been gearing up for the release of their sophomore album, Visions of a Life
, which is set to come out September 29. Their most recent single, "Heavenward," was released yesterday.
The song opens softly, with distant, noise-shrouded strings slowly crescendoing into an explosive introduction for the rest of the band. The purely instrumental introduction plays for a full minute before lead singer Ellie Rowsell enters with angelic "ooh"s. Lyrically, "Heavenward" is simple and spiritually optimistic. Rowsell assures the song's subject, "I'm gonna celebrate you forever/I long to see you when it's my time," presumably in heaven. Although the song seems to be about someone who has passed away, it isn't necessarily sad; instead, it sounds like acceptance. They've accepted that this person is in a better place, with Rowsell singing "Go heavenward like all Earth angels should."
In addition to releasing singles from the album ("Heavenward" is the fourth single, following "Yuk Foo," "Don't Delete The Kisses," and "Beautifully Unconventional"), the North London indie band took to BBC Radio 1's Live Lounge
earlier today for a session. The session started off with a performance of "Beautifully Unconventional," my personal favorite single from their upcoming album. They went on to play a more folksy sounding performance of "Bros," a track from their debut album My Love Is Cool
. To finish up, they played a cover of Green Day's classic, "Good Riddance (Time of Your Life)," showing off the soft sweetness of the lower side of Rowsell's vocal range.
After only having heard about Wolf Alice this summer, with each single and performance they put out I've been getting more and more excited about their upcoming album. Each single that has been released so far has a pretty different sound from the last - from "Yuk Foo"'s grimy, aggressive sound to the polished indie-pop dreaminess of "Don't Delete The Kisses," and from the pure catchiness of "Beautifully Unconventional" to the meandering, contemplative structure of "Heavenward," it sounds like the album will encompass a lot of variety. Visions of Life
will almost definitely keep me on my toes when it comes out at the end of the month.