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Late last year Wolf Alice dropped their Blush EP, a record that stuck out from the crowd with its awkward uncertainty, somehow managing to take those characteristics and make something charming and endearing. Creature Songs is the new EP from the London four-piece, and solidifies the hype surrounding the band. If Blush was an awkward teenager, squeezing a spot in a bathroom mirror, Creature Songs is seeing that same adolescent dancing in darkened night clubs, discovering and coming to terms with the beginnings of adulthood. Creature Songs features a more aggressive edge that marks itself on the EP's opening two tracks, and overall the EP is another refreshing sample of a group who carry an infectious energy.

Creature Songs is reminiscent of the band's debut single, 'Fluffy', but a lot more guided, a lot tighter. Ellie Rowsell's vocals, as ever, are on fine form; that excellent mix of apathy and shyness that have become Wolf Alice's signature this past year is back. The lyrics do occasionally become buried beneath harsh guitars, often becoming another texture in the noise. This didn't really bother me as much as it may others, and it's really only something that happens in one half of the EP. There's a real split down the middle of this one, which I guess stops it being treated as a short collection with one main idea. Think 'two-sided coin' and you're there. I'm not sure if that analogy even works, as a one-sided coin would be absolutely useless. Fuck it, it's what we're going with.

Opening track, 'Moaning Lisa Smile', is loud and dirty, bringing a sound that explodes through at various points, highlighting the band's grungier side. Second track, 'Storms', highlights this even more, with a chorus that practically drips all over the floor. Both of these tracks prove that Wolf Alice have this distinctive sound they're really nailing when they take it on. It's then a little bit odd that the next two tracks are noticeably a lot less 'in your face'. They still offer a good sample of what else Wolf Alice can focus their attentions on, however, but I guess it takes away some of the consistency that made Blush special.

'Heavenly Creatures' is much more ambitious in its aim, and succeeds for the most part. It's slower, more down-tempo, but scales the subtleties in sounds used. It's a really well balanced track, drawing itself along nicely. A hook in "Time to die, time to kill, time will fly, time will heal/All for love, all for you, God's a judge, love is true" is delivered like a rallying call, and animates the chorus. The same feeling carries over into closer, 'We're Not the Same', although the rallying call seems to have died, being replaced with the indifferent, "We're not the same/You and I/Oh what a shame/By and by." At the halfway mark the song builds up to a crescendo which the EP ends with, and although it's not the punctuated noise you get before, it ends the record strongly.

There's enough bite on Creature Songs to make it an entertaining listen, one that pushes Wolf Alice's sound in a natural direction forward. It's definitely a lot more polished, without dampening any particular area, but I guess the minor criticism I have is that there isn't really a clear idea of what kind of and Wolf Alice are, based off Creature Songs. Maybe that's not a bad thing, and maybe that's what makes them different. If we're to see a studio album from Wolf Alice, you'd kinda hope it kicks the face off whatever target it chooses to go for. Creature Songs suggests they've got the balls to do just that.

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