Written by Jack Andrew Cribb
It is rare a single track can make you so incredibly hyped for a new release. Interested, maybe. Curious, possibly. Even intrigued. Wolf Alice’s Don’t Delete The Kisses has knocked those feelings out of the park, and replaced them with absolute raw passionate on-the-edge-of-your-seat-edness.
Taking great contrast from Yuk Foo, the earlier teaser for the new album, Visions Of A Life, which was a scuzzy, fast-paced grunt of a track, angry and replete with the high-pitched screams of Ellie Rowsell, whose talents as a vocalist and frontwoman are increasingly captivating. If Wolf Alice find their home in anything though, it is diversity, as their albums rock precariously from one extreme of thrashing sound to a soft and delicate lullaby-esque musicality.
Don’t Delete The Kisses is one of the most beautiful tracks the band has produced in their career. It veers from anthemic chorus lines; “Me and you were meant to be in love”, to almost a spoken-word poetry mix of verses, which is absolutely lovely to hear, providing the band with a lot more space to create a honest storyline. Lyrically, it is one of their most genuine, recording the feelings of someone navigating love while playing their cards close to their chest. The track is incredibly filmic, steeped in super-8 quality, increasing in heartfelt melodies to the point where the poetry ends and the final chorus comes in, providing a crescendo of topnotch atmospheric indie that is sure to put a spring in your step. It’s walking music, it’s driving music, it’s lying on your bed music, all in, it’s teenage summer music, golden and hazy.
Visions Of A Life will be released September 29th via Dirty Hit. You can check out Don’t Delete The Kisses below.