With a seemingly gigantic four years since their last album Visions Of A Life, Wolf Alice fans have had a considerable wait for new music. The first hints of ‘The Last Man on Earth’ hit the internet on the 16th of February and sent followers into a frenzy, the classic formula of video clips and a changed profile picture working wonders. However, when ‘The Last Man on Earth’ was released on the 24th it wasn’t necessarily the guitar-based banger that was expected.
More in the vein of ‘Turn To Dust’ than ‘Moaning Lisa Smile’, Wolf Alice’s latest offering is a genuinely stunning release. It’s a bold move for a band known for their furious stage show (their performances at Glastonbury and R+L will prove that), but one that’s paid off.
Gentle pianos open the track with singer Ellie Rowsell’s ethereal vocal carrying the listener through the first two minutes. The rest of the band join in a wave of sound, filled with reverb-drenched guitars and a beautiful collection of backing vocals. The band haven’t forgotten their guitar roots in ‘The Last Man on Earth’, with the band’s quirky guitar riffs poking through in signature Wolf Alice fashion.
It’s a different Wolf Alice that we see in their latest track, but they’re undoubtedly a more mature and experienced band. ‘The Last Man on Earth’ is self-assured and rightly so: it’s a beautiful piece of music. With their next album Blue Weekend out on the 11th of June via Dirty Hit, we can rest assured that we will have more music from Wolf Alice very soon.
Review by Danny Gillies / @danny_gillies