Wolf Alice – Fluffy / White Leather (single) (Chess Club Records)
“Fluffy / White Leather” is the debut single from the North London quartet Wolf Alice – a band who is currently on the tip of everyone’s tongue at the moment.
They first came to everyone’s attention via the song “Leaving You” – a download-only track that made its way onto Radio 1 and then proceeded to reach the top of NME’s Radar section and Hype Machine chart. If that wasn’t not enough, Wolf Alice also just completed a successful tour with arguably the most hotly tipped indie band in the UK right now, Peace (read our review of their ‘Delicious’ EP and current single ‘Wraith‘).
“Fluffy” is all about its noisy and garage-y sounds; a cascade of cymbals and screaming distorted guitars. Things quieten down however through the verses, which features a hushed dual male and female vocal to create a calm before the storm. Yep, it’s during the chorus that Ellie Rowsell lets rip, snarling and shouting over the band’s wall of noise, combining to create a joyous racket somewhere between Elastica and The Joy Formiddable.
The track itself sounds like it has been recorded live as a unit, warts and all, thus creating a raucous energy and urgency. Be sure to listen out to the section from 2:00 – 2:15 where traces of the band’s folk roots can be found in Rowsell’s vocal melody.
“White Leather” is evidence that the once-trio of Ellie Rowsell, Joel Amey and Joff Oddie – now joined by Theo Ellis on bass – originally started out as a folk act demonstrating the band’s appreciation for great songwriting.
Centered around a clean guitar arpeggio and Rowsell’s sweet vocals, “White Leather” unravels with a mood and timbre reminiscent of say, “Luka” by Suzanne Vega. Just wait for the gorgeous combination of guitar melodies and vocal coo-ing during the song’s final 30 seconds.
Listen to a-side “Fluffy” below:
Listen to b-side “White Leather” below:
Update 14 February, 2012: The video for “Fluffy” has just been released. Watch below: