Wolf Alice Shares Chaotic Video for “Smile,” New Album ‘Blue Weekend’ Out 6/4


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Wolf Alice, the acclaimed English indie/rock band that won the U.K.’s coveted Mercury Prize with its 2017 album Visions of a Life, will release a new album, Blue Weekend, on June 4.

The group has previewed the album with a few pre-release singles, the latest of which is “Smile.” Debuted on Tuesday, the song is a shoegaze-y bit of alt/rock featuring a gritty music video filmed in a dingy pub, in which some unruly patrons cause a bit of chaos. Musically, the track has a engaging rhythm and presents a slightly different side of the band:

A news release details the song as being inspired by lead singer Ellie Rowsell’s “desire to fight back against those who try to define her.”

“This is one of the songs we wrote thinking that we would play it live,” explained Rowsell. “I miss that feeling of singing on stage. It’s like screaming into a pillow or something — you can get away with being more nasty. There’s a whole other part of me missing.”

“Smile” is the second song shared thus far from Blue Weekend, following “The Last Man on Earth” — which basically exists on the extreme other end of Wolf Alice’s musical spectrum, another showcase of their creative depth:

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Blue Weekend came about after the band — Rowsell, Joff Oddie (guitar, vocals), Theo Ellis (bass) and Joel Amey (drums, vocals) — decompressed after the lengthy time spent touring and supporting Visions of a Life in “an Airbnb in Somerset, and it was here that they reconfigured who they were together, far away from festival stages, tour buses, awards shows, and fans,” per a news release.

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“They cemented their friendship and set to work on some fledgling demos in a converted church. These demos evolved into Blue Weekend, a record produced by Markus Dravs (Arcade Fire, Björk, Brian Eno, Florence + The Machine) who has aided the band in refining their sound to an even sharper point. Rowsell’s personal storytelling is at the core of Blue Weekend, an album that sees Wolf Alice embrace a newfound boldness and vulnerability in equal measure.”

The track listing:

1. The Beach
2. Delicious Things
3. Lipstick On The Glass
4. Smile
5. Safe From Heartbreak (if you never fall in love)
6. How Can I Make It OK
7. Play The Greatest Hits
8. Feeling Myself
9. The Last Man On Earth
10. No Hard Feelings
11. The Beach II


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