Single Review – Wolf Alice – Moaning Lisa Smile

Wolf Alice are from North London and consist of Ellie Roswell, Joel Amey, Joff Oddie and Theo Ellis. The group was initially a solo project of Roswell’s but since then she has went for the standard four piece. They are a band still finding their feet at the moment and that is why their latest offering is from another new EP in Creature Songs (Out May 26th) rather than a debut album. One track from this is ‘Moaning Lisa Smile’ The gentle yet purposeful acoustic lapping from the offset is quickly shattered by a bulky distorted riff. Though it seems like the default setting of most new British bands and believe me I feel like I’m in autopilot describing it; it does retain that purposefulness and drive just about. The key to this song is Ellie Roswell. It is melancholy and chimed vocal that floats into separation from the other elements so well. The acoustic parts becoming a structural foundation for her vocal in the verses, but she more than holds her own in the raucous chorus. Lyrically too, it seems much more profound and worth another listen to decipher. However, you have to feel they could do a little better if they applied the imagination of the structure, lyrics and effectiveness of the vocals to the instrumentation, which sounds a little worn out and that sounded unoriginal back in 2011. They do seem like a group that are capable of getting the whole set up working at the same level though and let’s hope they can go to that next level and set themselves apart from a growing crowd of monotonous groups.   

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