Kicking off the first leg of their UK tour later this week and with upcoming second album Visions Of A Life now only a month away, Wolf Alice took to Annie Mac’s Radio 1 show to treat our ears to “Beautifully Unconventional”, the third track from the highly anticipated release.
The track follows the release of angsty “Yuk Foo” and distinctly more delicate “Don’t Delete The Kisses”; “Beautifully Unconventional” strays even further from not only these polar opposite tracks, but completely from what we’d expect from the four piece; providing us with funky guitar and bass riffs that wouldn’t sound out of place in a track from Brummie babes and friends of the band, Peace.
Despite its intro being almost unrecognisable, perhaps even to their cult fan-base, all worries are eased the second frontwoman Ellie Rowsell’s seductive sounding vocals begin to appear. As the pre-chorus builds the track steps up to exactly where it needs to go, and hitting you with a punchy chorus that will undoubtedly get crowds moving, especially as they play iconic London venue Alexandra Palace in November, their biggest headline show to date (although I can’t be the only one who’s mind unfortunately wanders to Tenacious D’s “Tribute” as Ellie sings “it was the best place in the world”).
Lyrically, the track appears to follow a dreamy, platonic style of love; a theme that the band have excelled at writing about in the past (think Bro’s, the sun drenched track that arguably pushed the four piece into the spotlight). With standout lines such as “did you ever analyse your dreams? / you know nothing is what it seems” echoing through the track, giving us the mysterious vibe we’re used to from the band. When questioned about the meaning behind the lyrics, frontwoman Ellie compared it to Winona Ryder and Christian Slater’s characters in 90’s classic Heathers, further suggesting the darker undertones only noticeable when you pay attention to what’s really being sung.
As far as the cliché of the second album curse goes, if we’re judging Visions of a Life on these three singles alone, it looks like Wolf Alice have well and truly beaten it. Not only kicking up their sound a gear, trying new things and hitting us with biting tracks that’ll surely be everywhere in the next few months, but simultaneously sticking to both the punk and shoegaze influences that brought us to love them in the first place.
Feature image courtesy of band’s Twitter page.
Words by Alice Browne.