London rockers Wolf Alice have dropped a hypnotic new single “Smile,” alongside a hypersaturated music video.
The banger is the second single taken from Blue Weekend, the quartet’s upcoming third record slated for release on June 11 via Dirty Hit. Powered by a distorted, in-your-face bassline, the empowering anthem features vocalist Ellie Rowsell fighting back against stereotypes. As the band move between sections of muscular fuzz and uplifting harmonies, Roswell displays confidence in her own skin. “I wear my feelings on my sleeve, I suggested it / It serves me better than to swallow in a sedative / I am what I am and I’m good at it,” she asserts.
Directed by Jordan Hemmingway, the accompanying fluorescent-tinged music video stars the band performing in a chaotic pub. Alternating between scenes of their explosive performance and riotous punks and pub locals, the colorfully hedonistic visual mirrors the song’s visceral energy.
“Smile” takes a dramatic left turn from their earlier single “The Last Man on Earth,” a Kurt Vonnegut-inspired slow-burner. But the contrast promises Blue Weekend will be an exciting return for Wolf Alice.
Watch the music video for “Smile” here: