Single Review – Wolf Alice – Heavenward

Wolf Alice’s Heavenward, fourth single released from new album ‘Visions of Life’ 29th Sept via Dirty Hit, was recorded with producer Justin Meldal-Johnsen (Paramore, Beck) and mixed by Tom Elmhirst (Bowie, Arcade Fire, Adele). Written after the death of a close friend the track soars in ethereal guitars and lead singer Ellie Roswell’s delicately building vocal. Feeling rooted in the band’s shoegaze era the melody is subtle and dreamy, drifting into being, before a wall of feedback emerges, giving that familiar distorted-gritty edge to the tracks overall loud-quiet-loud tone. Despite its sad theme, and whether or not you believe in robed beings with six-foot white wings standing before golden gates, Heavenward feels like a release of sorrow into a memory of the joyousness of a life; ‘I’m going to celebrate you forever – I see you dancing on

Hayley Miller