When I heard that Wolf Alice reimagined one of their earlier songs for their debut LP I was disappointed. I just didn't think 'Bros' could be improved upon, it's my favorite song by the band. But after giving it several spins, I'm cool with the new version. I still think the original is far better though, it's earnest and heartfelt, and sounded like a letter to a dear friend. The new version is growing on me. Looking at the tracklisting for the album, I wonder if 'Fluffy' will be reworked too? Anyway, for now, stream 'Bros' below.
It's about time! Londoners Wolf Alice have announced their debut LP, My Love Is Cool, out June 22nd, and released the lead single, 'Giant Peach'. I've loved everything they've done so far, particularly their amazing single, 'White Leather', and last year's EP, Creature Songs. Waiting for new material from the band, especially a much rumored LP, was torturous. But, now it's upon us. No tracklisting yet, but I hope it's full of all new material, that'd be grand and the right way to do it for their first effort. Stream 'Giant Peach' below, it's my Song of the Day!
This playlist is for all those who are still in love so they remember what's it like to be lonely.
This playlist is for all those falling out of love but still stick around.
This playlist is for anyone who has never known love.
This playlist is for all those broken hearts out there.
This playlist is for all the hopeless fuckers out there who can't seem to get it right.
This playlist is for those who are happy to be alone.
This playlist is for you.
I created this playlist with what I considered to be a collection of late night lonely songs. I packed it full of tales of love, heartbreak, heartache, acceptance, devastation, realization, anger, resignation, and all those anxious moments when your heart is exposed. All remind me of stations in my life when I was all of the above. They're all vital to me. Most all of the songs are from the past year, yet some are from years past, and some are 20 years old or more. They all deserve an audience larger than they have, and I hope they resonate with you in some way.
Yesterday's ease, has become today's burden. A nasty case of writer's block and some indecision about ordering has given me a bit of grief, but it seems to have passed. I think I should be writing these missives deep in the night with a few drinks under my belt. For those reading at home, deep in the night is like 11pm these days. It seems each decade of life siphons away a good portion of midnight oil, and I've been bitten. Enough with all this talk, here are my favorite songs of 2014 so far, selections 10 to 6.
10. Jade by David Shayne
Purveyor of Sulky Noise lashes out with this angry rocker. David has hinted at a full length effort and some live dates. Let's hope he takes it on the road soon.
9. Circles by Pujol
Nashville's Pujol snuck up on me with this clever offering. There's a lot of life's truths tangled up in this garage pop masterpiece. He's on the road supporting his new album, Kludge, check him out if you can.
8. Conkers by Personal Best
Blistering power pop anthem from the Bristol, England 3-piece band. Pure bounce around sing along fun, the rest of the 4-track EP doesn't disappoint either. More, please!
7. Storms by Wolf Alice
The London based band gets bolder and bigger with each release. A wall of guitar noise surrounds Ellie Rowsell's dark tale of friends and what you make of life. Many are clamoring for a full length album from the band.
6. Sea of Trees by BIRD
Dark and lovely masterpiece by the Liverpool based band. Adele Emmas has always painted stunning visuals lyrically, now the orchestration matches her otherworldly vocals. And it's a formidable pairing. Incredible progression from earlier works.
Tune in tomorrow for the final 5 songs in my mid-year list.
Around my house, Wolf Alice gets a lot of love. Maybe not as much as the PINS, or Honeyblood, or even BIRD as of late, but enough to notice. This appropriately titled song gets the nod for Wednesday's song of the day.