Wolf Alice have announced their new album Blue Weekend by releasing its lead single “The Last Man on Earth.”
With its hushed opening and piano melodies, “The Last Man on Earth” makes for a drastically different lead single from “Yuk Foo,” the full-throttle standout of previous album Visions of a Life. But the British indie band slowly layer on sonic flourishes, culminating in an epic ballad and confident introduction to their new era.
“The Last Man on Earth” arrived with a grainy black-and-white music video that centers on vocalist Ellie Rowsell as she performs the new single. Rowsell explained in a statement that she was inspired by classic literature to write a song about the arrogance of humanity.
“I’d just read Kurt Vonnegut’s Cat’s Cradle and I had written the line ‘Peculiar travel suggestions are dancing lessons from god’ in my notes,” she said. “But then I thought: ‘Uh, your peculiar travel suggestion isn’t a dancing lesson from god, it’s just a travel suggestion! Why does everything need to mean something more?’”
Blue Weekend, Wolf Alice’s third studio album, was recorded in a converted church with producer Markus Dravs after a sabbatical in Somerset. It will be released on June 11 via Dirty Hit. Listen to “The Last Man on Earth” below: