Visions Of A Life is track 12 on Wolf Alice’s second album. It clocks in at nearly eight minutes and is their longest song to date. When the song was first demoed, it was originally called ‘Massive Anal Bleach Attack’. Stemming from three different musical starting points that were woven together, we attempted to create a depiction of a personal journey, exploring different moods and contexts along the way. Though layered in different sections to create a sense of uniqueness to each movement, the main four instruments (two guitars, bass, drums) are a constant throughout.
In some ways, Wolf Alice’s second album is an extension of their 2015 debut, ‘My Love Is Cool’. That excellent record was restless, too, flitting from hypnotic, electronic folk to teeth-baring rock. With ‘Visions Of A Life’ Wolf Alice are removing any doubt about their status in the UK music scene. Best band in Britain? 100 per cent.
Don't Delete the Kisses" is a song by English alternative rock band Wolf Alice from their second studio album, Visions of a Life. It was released on 5 July 2017 through Dirty Hit as the album's second single. It was the first single by Wolf Alice to chart on the UK Top 100 (following being performed twice when the band won the 2018 Mercury Music Prize in September 2018) and the first one to chart on the main UK charts since Bros in 2015.
Wolf Alice proudly carry the banner for Britrock on their second album, a holy site where dead metaphors and teen clichés can spring magically back to life. By the time Wolf Alice released their debut album in 2015, the burden on Brit-rock to define epochs had all but disappeared. Even among the genre’s loyalists, whose last project had been the disastrous Viva Brother, little appetite remained for a generational voice to swoop in and erect totems to their pined-for monoculture. With revolutionary pressures lifted, the gates (and charts) opened for Wolf Alice, a more benevolent and satisfying breed.
Visions Of A Life’, for me, is someone who is dying. To us, it is 46 minutes, but for them it is twelve moments. They see the good times, the distant past, the anger, the missed opportunities as they flicker through their life. Heavenward’ depicts someone who has accepted their fate (whether that is death itself, or the end of the illusion that they must fight to meet society’s expectations), and heading for the angels. Yuk Foo’ follows this, the most aggressive segment by far and a clear change in mood. She is screaming at her past, at herself, at everyone . She is imagining the life she could have had, all of the chance meetings that shape us. Imagine if you had spoken to someone else that day? Set your alarm for an hour later? Gone to the shops at a different time? Your life could be completely different.
Despite they expanded their musical formula that was built in their debut album My Love Is Cool to a more harrowing and experimental side, which created the follow-up Visions of a Life, it seems like Wolf Alice crew are stuck with their older sound, which is ironic given that this is just their sophomore effort. Despite being limited in their musical formula, that doesn’t mean this effort is less thrilling than its predecessor. In fact, the North Londoners had avoided the typical cliché of creating a sophomore slump, and instead created a promising effort that might define their future.
So who are Wolf Alice and where do they come from? Answering the burning question, they are North London based band currently comprised of Ellie Roswell, Violinist/Guitarist Joff Oddie, Bassist Theo Ellis, and Percussionist Joel Amey. Often praised for their Neo Grunge sound and Shoegaze stylings, Wolf Alice seemingly faded out of the spotlight until recent when they released their highly anticipated sophomore album Visions of a Life on September 29, 2017 under the Dirty Hit label. An impressive switch-up, Visions of a Life is obviously an experiment in sound. It can take some time to appreciate, but Wolf Alice has forged an album that is pure sound aesthetic. That said, Wolf Alice does not try to be something that tries hard to impress, they simply just exist somewhere where people will either get it or will not.
On inner sleeve: Published by Kobalt Music Group Ltd. The matrix number in the runout on each side shows the catalogue number as DH00214, but the number printed on rear and spine of the sleeve is DH00224. There is an incorrect Optimal Media job number scratched out on each side.
Wolf Alice's second album is 'Visions of a Life. Laura Allard Fleischl. All hail Wolf Alice, four . twentysomethings who have not gotten the memo about rock not mattering anymore. On a second album that dares to both sprawl skyward and focus its volume introspectively they fashion clouds of guitar noise into a crown for singer-guitarist Ellie Rosewell. It glitters seductively, but it will draw blood if you step to her wrong