Concert preview: Wolf Alice's tasteful downer vibes will appeal to fans of shoegaze and 4AD

Staff Writer
Columbus Alive

London’s Wolf Alice produces tasteful downer vibes, sounding like a combination of druggy folk and downward-spiraling shoegaze, like ’80s 4AD swirl and ’90s grunge chug. “90 Mile Beach,” from its Blush EP, is slow to unfold, mysterious and bleak.

The little riff is ticklish and vocalist Ellie Rowsell paints with her voice, adding eerie texture, going soft or loud as needed — backing herself or just almost whispering.

2014’s Creature Songs EP mines similarly mesmeric territory: “Moaning Lisa Smile” is punctuated with crunching guitar, and Roswell’s voice here calls to mind the Breeders, while “Heavenly Creatures” is pure softness, padding in its smokiness and a hint of Chvrches in Rowsell’s “together, together” vocal.

The band’s most recent singles, “Giant Peach” and “Bros,” stay on the louder side of Wolf Alice’s quiet-loud dynamic. Wolf Alice’s debut album, My Love Is Cool, comes out on June 22.

The Basement

7 p.m. Friday, May 1

391 Neil Ave., Arena District

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