When Wolf Alice returned last month with their angry, riotous new single ‘Yuk Foo‘, it looked as though the London four-piece were reinventing themselves as rabid modern day punks. But their latest track, ‘Don’t Delete The Kisses’, suggests this might not be the case after all.
Speaking about the new single, lead singer Ellie Roswell said she wanted to make “a hold-nothing-back love song,” and there’s no doubt she achieved that here, ‘Don’t Delete The Kisses’ brimming with juvenile romanticism, like the closing scene of a coming-of-age film, probably starring Emma Watson. It’s cinematic in its sound, expansive and anthemic, with a singalong chorus that’s made for big, big crowds.
Though the two differ greatly in their arrangement, there is something that ‘Don’t Delete The Kisses’ and ‘Yuk Foo’ share. Both tracks encompass the rawness of adolescent emotion, each one exploring a different extremity but with equal enthusiasm. While ‘Yuk Foo’ encapsulates rage, ‘Don’t Delete The Kisses’ deals with reckless, youthful love. Each track is like a different scene from the same movie, both totally high on unfiltered, eruptive emotion, just on different ends of the scale. Wolf Alice once again hurl themselves into the eye of the hurricane here, grappling with the nitty-gritty, warts-and-all realities that come with puppy-love, bringing them to life in shining, euphoric indie rock.
With ‘Don’t Delete The Kisses’, Wolf Alice are keeping us guessing. Their sound is evolving, that much we know, but where exactly it’s going is still unclear. With their new album, Visions Of A Life, slated for release on September 29th though, it’s only a matter of time before we find out. In the meantime, their latest track is more than whetting our appetites for what is shaping up to be one of the best albums of the year.