Wolf Alice are masters of evolution. ‘The Last Man on Earth’ is the first single off their upcoming album Blue Weekend, and it offers a promising insight into the band’s new chapter. It arrives almost four years since the release of their sophomore album. But still, Wolf Alice maintains the signature magic and mastery of their prior projects. With nods to past British pop-rock icons in their gripping chord progressions, with a Bowie-esque bridge in the second half, the band transforms this intimate piano ballad into a beaming, string-filled anthem. Lead-singer Ellie Rowsell muses introspective lyrics centred on the selfish nature of humans, which make you cry one listen and laugh the next.
The sum of these parts is an undeniably liberating track, with an emotional arc which commands your attention the whole way through. If it leaves you wanting more, look out for their new album coming in June 2021.
– Amelia Lumme
Featured Image Source: Still via ‘The Last Man on Earth’, Wolf Alice // YouTube.