Track Review: Go Wolf- Talk to You


Go Wolf


Talk to You


Talk to You is available at:

12th August, 2014

Ooh La La Records

Rocky O’ Reilly at Start Together Studios

Robin Schmidt at 24-96 Mastering

Indie-Pop, Electro.

They met in a Belfast barber shop- during a poetry-reading night- and have gone onto support the likes of CSS and London Grammar. With a charming back-story and scintillating sense of momentum, Go Wolf will be future headline stars. Talk to You is an incredible mixture of beauty, electronic rush (optimism and infectious Synth.-Pop seductions)- a track that is 210 seconds of unadulterated and unabashed fun


WHEN considering my featured act…

band variation is at the precipice of my thoughts. I am starting to formulate my own band proposals- one of the reasons I am stepping aside from reviewing- and music’s lure is too captivating (to refute). I have four people in mind- to complete the quintet- all of the songs mapped and formulated; the designs and inputs all sorted. Currently I am intoxicated and in awe of Fleetwood Mac’s masterpiece Rumours– one of the finest albums in music history. That album has transformed my way of thinking- I will mention Go Wolf soon- and altered my creative projections. Having put the L.P. to one side- for a few years- and reintroduced it to myself; its nuance and passion is inspiring and utterly gripping. The three best tracks on the album- Go Your Own Way, The Chain and Dreams– are all defined by their spirit and energy. There is that mixture of pessimism and optimism; love strife and dreaming- the music across the trio (of songs) is uniformly spellbinding. Away from the top three, gems like Don’t Stop and Never Going Back Again are not far behind- it is a majestic and magnetic album. In addition to there being diversity and a range of emotions, it is the band themselves that define the genius- given the turbulence (that defined the album’s recording) it is stunning it got completed at all. Deceit and skullduggery came into the studio; the warring members recorded vocals behind each other’s back; songs’ true meanings were cloaked and sly- poor old Mick Fleetwood was caught in the middle; the peace (and time) keeper. Across the 11 tracks of Rumours, unparalleled wonder was acheived- I am surprised the songs have not affected other bands. Fleetwood Mac do inspire a lot of Folk and Pop acts, yet few modern-day artists (draw directly from them). One of the reasons behind this is the lack of diversity and originality. If you have a quartet or quintet, the members tend to be all-male or all-female- a minority consist of gender mix. Homogenised and culturally limited, a great deal of acts come off as predictable and cliché- artists that take risks are those that stick in the memory. An album like Rumours is so strong because of the male-female perspective shifts- the things McVie and Nicks brought to the table differs from that of Buckingham and Fleetwood. Although the best song on Rumours were written by Lindsey Buckingham- Go Your Own Way– the most compelling enigma variations are Christine McVie’s- she covers the most creative ground. The blend of vocals made the songs stand alive; the distinct personalities all blended marvellously- an all-male (or female) band could not write Rumours. This album has compelled me to form my own band- it will have two females; two (other) males- one of whom will be from the U.S.; another from Europe. Songs will be more fully-rounded and fascinating; there are creative possibilities a-plenty- fewer restrictions and borders. I respect acts that stick to a sole sound or a lone gender- it is traditional and safe. When you broaden your band and make-up you open up new possibilities and avenues- Go Wolf have provided this. A relatively new band, their incredible mixture of sounds and genres have been enticing critics. Whereas a lot of modern-day acts are guitar-toting, muscle-flexing examples; Go Wolf are a slick, sophisticated and ambitious act- who prefer intelligence and fascination over force and samey riffs. The trio is a strong unit, but understand the importance of female collaboration- adding special and divine tones into their melting pot of Electro.-Synth wonder. Before I raise a couple more points- and touch more on the band themselves- let me introduce you to Go Wolf:

Go Wolf met at a random poetry night in a Belfast barber shop, enjoyed each others’ poems and a similar dress sense, got talking, decided to form a band, and quickly became one of the most talked-about new names in the Belfast music scene. Having recently supported the likes of The 1975, CSS and London Grammar, and having been officially signed to … the band have finally decided to release their much-anticipated new single called Talk To You. Talk To You is an infectious artful synth-pop song, which resembles Wild Beasts, Phoenix and The Killers at their best. Catchy and sophisticated vocal lines, rhythmic drum patterns and straight to the point production make it a memorable and accessible blend of all the right ingredients that will stick in one’s mind and make for a perfect sing-along summer track. The pulsing and toothsome arrangement brings creativity, positivity and subtlety into the surface and produces a 3 minute 30 seconds experience of pure fun. Go Wolf peddle an unlikely variant of 80s synth-pop cut with 21st-century electro-indie edge resulting in a slick yet endearing new single Talk To You which is available for sale and download NOW.”

Having been contacted by Liv Slania- a representative of the band- she explained how the guys came together; who gets their motors running- I was compelled to seek them out. The likes of Wild Beasts and Phoenix count as influences and idols- the former are a favourite band of mine. Wild Beasts are such an eclectic and stunning act; a singular group that offer electronic luster and literary references- tableaus of love-gone-wrong and sexual amore. Having supported the likes of London Grammar, The 1975 and CSS, it appears Go Wolf require no leg-up: they are already under the spotlight of the nation’s most influential critics. The band’s coming-together has all the hallmarks of a fascinating U.S. Indie flick- it would be great to see Go Wolf’s back-story committed to screen. I can picture the Belfast scene and sights; the romantic air and convivial atmosphere- the mutual respect and fascinating seduction. A lot of bands come together through shared ritualistic pissing contests; gaudy and rowdy nights; chance happenings- there is little romance and individuality in the biographies. Go Wolf have the music to back up their illustrious and charming inception- the credentials and meaning is all cemented. There are touches of Wild Beasts’ sophomore album- Two Dancers– in addition to their current album. That mixture of sophisticated compositions and arresting vocals are there; stunningly vivid and electrifying scenes- the changes in mood all present. Go Wolf have had a pretty prosperous career- their past endeavours have gained them a huge reputation and respect; they are starting to gain their rightful acclaim and adulation. The stunning performances and tight songwriting is matched by gorgeous and sensual swathes; urgent and direct electronics- a wonderful and heady variation. Electro.-Pop movements and fizzing Indie segments go into their music. Current single Talk to You is infectious and bouncing; pulsing and uplifting- sophisticated and complex. The beauty of range and diversity shows itself here; it is small wonder critics are in awe (of the band’s) incredible machinations- no doubt they will be getting some festival headline requests. It is bands like Go Wolf- and Fleetwood Mac- that have inspired me to change my thinking- embrace a different way of working; look at strengthening my music and ideals. They met in an old-fashioned and vintage way- no cyber hook-ups and Facebook requests- and in a way they marry traditional and contemporary (in their songs). The music is cutting-edge and modern; it has some terrific shades of ’80s Electro.-Pop and Disco- vibrations of CSS and Wild Beasts. It seems the Belfast-formed, two-year-old band are going to have a glistening future; they have achieved so much in a short time- with each new record they gain fresh momentum and plaudits.

When looking at acts that have inspired Go Wolf- and can be heard in their music- there are a few name that occur. Although Go Wolf have some unique and original overtones, I can detect some undercurrents of other acts. In terms of British influences, the like of Wild Beast come to mind. In terms of album comparisons, Two Dancers and Present Tense have made their mark. The former was released back in 2009 and marked a huge leap forward- Wild Beasts’ debut gained mixed reception. Stepping aside from the eccentricities and divisiveness of their debut, Two Dancers was more focused and lush. Hugely portentous and galvanised, the album was polished, cohesive and inviting. Caressing and sighing, the album saw more romance and subtlety come into play- Hayden Thorpe’s falsetto turned into something more restrained and arresting. The songs on Two Dancers were meant to relate to one another; a collection of scenes and dramas, it was an album fuelled by sensual desires and carnivorous lust- youthful carousing and flirtatiousness sparred with spookiness and grand dynamics. Whilst the album came off as dark and brooding- for the most part- the strength came with the overall sound: the gorgeous and varied compositions; striking vocals (of the band’s two leads); the tantalising wordplay and images. Go Wolf incorporate some of Two Dancers‘ incredible injections and facets; the same thematic unity- the stories that revolve around similar themes. While the Kendall band erred towards drama and libidinous endeavours, Go Wolf play with more romantic and pure ideals; ventures of love and satisfaction- while presenting some darker and spicier undertones. What Two Dancers provided was lyrical and focused assault- the swoops and theatrics were in place; here they were more temporised and likeable. Tom Fleming’s rich and velvety baritone mingled perfectly with Thorpe’s wild and untamed countertenor- almost like two lovers uniting. Go Wolf marry similar striking and compatible voices- the soothing and sensuous feminine wonder; the masculine and sonorous tones. Wild Beasts achieved maturity and immersive organicness- their lyrical incongruities were all still in place. On Two Dancers, the boys created a flawless and cohesive album- one where there were no weak tracks or lesser moments. This consistency and solidity bellies the predictions of the current music scene- where bands have little regard for overall concision and glory. Go Wolf have their ears and eyes progressing forward; they have provided consistent quality and excellence- becoming strengthened and assured with each release. Mature and juvenile; otherworldly and realistic- Go Wolf throw in the heady spices and flavours of early-career Wild Beasts. The Yorkshire boys’ latest effort- Present Tense– saw a more considered and sleek approach. Smother– the predecessor album- was more logical and softened- on Present Tense the band sounded more jaded than intent. Harsher truths and angered rebuttals provided the L.P.’s manifesto and hallmark- the sounds and atmospherics were no less stunning and mesmeric. Love and loss were investigated with poetic regard; the beautiful and intelligent lyrics count among the band’s finest- the boys hit their peak. Go Wolf have a similar contrast and range of emotions (at their disposal). Adept as lustful and elliptical rushes; they investigate shadowy and tormented possibilities- a fertile ovum that has produced some scintillating progeny. Lyrically, Go Wolf have an exceptional pen and songbook- able to match Thorpe’s drama, romance and stunning wordplay. The Killers are another band that have been drawn to Go Wolf. The U.S. legends produced their finest work with Hot Fuss– I can hear embers and shades in our trio’s sounds. The catchy Pop hooks- of Hot Fuss– were partnered with infectious energy (and a dalliance with fresh romance and love). The charm and boyishness of Brandon Flowers’ delivery made the album such a popular success story- the sparkling beats and alluring swathes recall the ’80s giants like Duran Duran. Go Wolf have an affection and affiliation with ’80s Synths. and beats- the sort the Durans and Depeche Modes conquered and perfected. The youthful energy and anthem-laden Hot Fuss brought The Killers into the public consciousness- inspiring legions of current bands. Go Wolf have taken some of their debut album quality on board- instilling that spirit and incredible passion. In addition to British and U.S.-born influence, French band Phoenix have enforced Go Wolf’s direction. If we look at their 2013 album Bankrupt!, that excited critics and the public. Meticulous, danceable and intoxicating, the album mixes confusion with anti-Pop ambitions. The thrill-ride progressions and movements saw flashy and meaty synths. layered with guitars- to create an inventive and crowd-pleasing gem. Go Wolf draw in Synth.-Pop, ’80s Electro. and New Wave- the same sounds Phoenix ladle into their boiling pot. Drawing a lot of influence from ’80s music, Bankrupt! sounded strangely bracing and fresh- major-to-minor key changes (and galloping beats) are pervaded. Breakdowns and build-ups created endless potential and atmosphere; the winsome vocals and sentimentality ramped-up and exploded. What you get from Bankrupt! is utter coolness and deep layers- an album that reveals its full potential over time. Go Wolf inject these qualities as they do overlayed synths. and electronics- to bolster and augment elliptical and ebullient sunshine. Thomas Mars- lead singer of Phoenix- has made some impressions with Go Wolf’s lead- his tones are equally stunning and evocative. The final band I will mention are the XX– an act that have made impacts on a lot of modern-day Electro. and Synth.-Pop acts. The band’s self-titled debut has made some impressions on the Belfast three-piece. The sleek and fully-formed authority- on the XX– marked the band out as a compelling and fantastic group. Impeccably groomed arrangements mingled with uniqueness and mystery- evocative allure and vast maturity were album bywords. Radically simple Indie-Pop and fractured rhythms came out. Aloof sensuality created intriguing romantic conversations- elements Go Wolf instill into their work. Whilst more consistently upbeat and arresting, Go Wolf make their love duets and tender moments as arresting and startling. They fuse multiple genres and furtive endeavours; abstract elements make their sound so distinct- they match the XX’s levels of interest and potency. Longing apologies and post-coital slithers made- and make- the XX such a phenomenal proposition; the combination of distinct vocals adds beauty and sensation to their music. Go Wolf have slightly less harsh male tones; more serene and rounded female ones- their music is more positive and less sexualised. What the two bands share is a common D.N.A.- that ability to take the listener’s mind away; make your soul and brain float in an ocean of beauty- capture your sights with its startling craft. The xx- on their follow-up album Coexist– ramped-up the sonics and sounds; became more alive and alert- rather than somnambulistic and fatigued. This transformation parallels with Go Wolf. Whilst the Belfast-formed group were not exactly slow and weary (on their debut), they have shown a similar development and leap- become more arresting and enlivened. Fragile exultations and delicate abstract moments sat with eloquence and unabashed pleasure- the sort of strands Go Wolf have taken from Coexist. I feel Go Wolf have more muscle and determination- their twin vocals more natural and gratifying. While the XX have struggled to supersede the boundaries of reflection and heartbroken, Go Wolf are masterful (when it comes to juxtaposed moods)- as remarkable when introverted and questioning as they are vivacious and delirious. It is best to judge Go Wolf on their own merits- fans of any of the acts mentioned (above) will find much to enjoy. Go Wolf have a distinct approach and way of working- I am loathed to compare them readily with another act. It will be great to see how they develop and project in the future- whether they change styles and moods or build upon their current templates. They have a weight of support and dedication; a hugely confident and ambitious sense of discovery- they are a band that seem ready and primed for the big-time.

Go Wolf have only released an E.P. and single- prior to their current single. That in itself makes Talk to You so impressive. The song sounds like it has been produced by a band with twice their experience and age- you get an instant sense of authority and conviction. One More Night was released back in June and showed a leap forward- for Go Wolf. Insatiable and gleeful beginnings provide huge atmosphere and potential. The vocals strong and impassioned- uplifting and utterly gripping. Our hero asks how he got to this point; there is confusion and a myriad of thoughts- backed by pulsing and pressing drums, the insistency and passion is hard to shake off. Our man does not want to hold onto long-gone feelings; revisit a place that could cause harm- the male-female vocal dynamics adds depth, sensuality (and a tangible) gracefulness and conviction. Like a love song being played out, the band’s vocalists give off embers of Bombay Bicycle Club and CSS- that same evocative and tremulous sound. The addictive and catchy chorus coda is designed to lodge in your brain; hypnotising and emotive vocal concoctions are nothing but upbeat and determined- designed to put the listener in a better frame of mind. Our duo do not want to be alone- that kinship and passion is still burning. The unity and love they shared is being sparked and rekindled- if only for one night. Sensuality and whispered promises are traded with beating hearts and shivering souls- that naturalness and intuition is intoxicating. Cheery and upbeat swathes wash over the landscape; your feet are motivated to get tapping; you find yourself singing along- it is an insatiable and sensational cut. Back in October 2012, Go Wolf unveiled their debut offering- the E.P. Voices. Possessed of a title track (and four remixes), the song- variations and versions- were celebrated and lauded. The song- radio mix- begins with harmonies and cohabitation vocals. Uplifted and ebullient electronics put me in mind of the XX- our band are more upbeat and elliptical. Our hero directs his messages- to the heroine- and wants her lips shut; he does not want to be controlled- the frontman is calling the shots. Shadows and visions are tormenting his mind; voices circulating the mind- torment and haunt are lingering. Voices come in the middle of the night; constant niggles and doubts are causing reflections and confessions- it seems like a love has broken down and left its scars. The vocals blend seamlessly and firm- the lead duo make sure the listener is seduced and gripped. A full and bold sound, it is perhaps less widespread and busy as current sounds- there is a focus and singularity here. Concentrating on the vocals and lyrics, less emphasise is put on expansive sounds and multifarious notes. Soloing and wordlessness is backed by a heartbeat and sturdy percussion sound- the band unite to turn in a thoroughly tight and concentrated performance. Less overt and full (than One More Night), Voices has a Killers/Wild Beasts vibe- that anthemic and cultured commingling. Gorgeous vocals- from our heroine- possess beauty and serenity; the counterpart contributions are strong and empowered- the blend is incredible. The modern Electro. sound- the likes of La Roux are interpreting- can be heard here; the spring and punch gets under your skin- and makes you smile. With a repeated chorus- that is unforgettable and indelible- the track- and E.P. is a triumph. Over the two years- from their E.P. to current single- Go Wolf have developed and evolved. Their lyrics sound more confident and honed; they have a greater sense of individuality and purpose- their ,music is fuller and more joyous. Whilst Voices remains a stone-cold diamond, the effusive and spellbinding moments (on Talk to You) see them change the game; up the ante and produce something wonderful- they have developed into a more authoritative and commanding act; one that takes risks and gambles- all of which pay off. The increased volume and body results in more intriguing and nuanced sounds- songs that entrance you with their positivity and uplifting potential. Talk to You  matches their finest moments; it is going to lead to some tantalising future releases. Bubbling, graceful and happy, the smiling evocativeness wins you over- the soothing and sweet vocals are wonderfully graceful and gripping. Upbeat and positive, the song is rich and packed- the composition is crammed with life and possibilities. The light and glistening shine glows with pride; it is driving and swelling- an assault designed to get your body moving. Summer-ready and sunny, the song is sure to seduce and adopt a wide range of hearts and minds- it sounds bracingly fresh and unique. Stepping away from the likes of Wild Beasts and CSS, the group have established their identity and true sound- one I hope to hear a lot more of. There is a sense of California and the U.S. here; the beach-calling beauty akin to The Beach Boys. Touches of  Prince and Fleetwood Mac come out- in the Electro.-Pop crackle and incredible duel vocals. Few modern bands have such a distinct and stunning sound at their disposal- it appears Go Wolf are more confident and ambitious (than they have ever been). This will translate into some exhilarating and brilliant future movements- I hope the band are thinking of a possible E.P. (in 2015).

Beginning with a delightfully charming and sweet-natured coda, Talk to You mixes ’80s synth. sounds with choppy electronics. Drawing in the most elliptical and passionate sounds (of modern-day Pop-Synth.) with a unique and feel-good vibe. The sensation of love, summer and freedom- it wraps you up in its warm and inviting waters. The song looks at relationships- the revival of a special bond. As the stunning keyboard notes get the song off to a flyer, you are not looking for anything (or anyone else)- you’re hooked and compelled by the drive and fervency. Swirling sounds and pressing vocals enforce the song’s messages and necessity. The universal themes are those that can be extrapolated by all- the need to cling onto something precious; that which we cannot get rid of. With our hero determined and imploring, he asks his sweetheart “Can I stay right here?” Clearly, the bond and relationship is intoxicating and too good to fail. The vocal bounce and stutter adds force and gravity- the blending of male-female vocals gives the story extra relevance and tangibility. Guitar links have funk and insatiable swagger; white-hot and multifarious, they bond perfectly with the central vocal- it never lets its sense of impression and dedication slip. As our frontman watches the sun set; the scenes and people go past his window, you know what he is thinking- and who he is thinking of. Swathes of Wild Beasts’ electronic luster and symphony comes into effect- touches of their Modern Tense evocative best- bits of Noah and the Whale’s early-career optimism; smatters of ’80s Electro.-Pop. When Go Wolf press and campaign, our hero gets his girl back- back to the start; the two hearts unite and commingle. You can almost picture the scenes; smell the scents and feel the rain fall down- the two sweethearts are rekindling an historical and treasured bond. It is the chorus that resonates the hardest- the coming-together of all the band’s variegated and glistening notes; the distillation of pure sunshine. Backed and propelled by snapping and whip-sharp bass, the keys and electronics blend to unleash a heady smoke- able to intoxicate and overwhelm. The central message of the song is the need to talk things out; keep it simple and open the lines of communication- the thoughts do not needlessly race to the bedroom. The purity and child-like innocence is never cloying or effete- it works wonderfully among the scenes of pure and unfettered love; the necessity to reestablish a much-needed connection. Unable to let go and walk away, the sheer urgency and desire comes out in the vocal- never overstated or rampant; just perfectly balanced and controlled. Ensuring that the reality and purity of the emotions remain solid, the performances balance lightness and potency- the voice never needlessly stretches or overpowers. When our hero breathes in- having heard his name spoken (by his girl)- and out; it is just the same- the joy of the early romance is back and firm. In a scene where a lot of Electro.-Pop sounds play with darker and heavy sounds; introspective and emotion lyrics- it is terrific to hear something unashamedly upbeat and redemptive; a song that has no truck with unhappiness and relegation. Never does a sense of defeat come in; our hero is going to make things work (and last)- ensure nothing goes wrong. Throughout the song there is a sense of tease and intrigue- most of the song looks at instigating conversation and initial steps; you speculate whether the lovers obtained full disclosure and satisfaction- with the breezy and endlessly cheery sounds sparkling away, your mind is taken elsewhere. When the beats crackle and snap with the bass drive; the electronics and keys unite with guitar- a danceable and hypnotic sway is released; it implores the listener to move their feet and dance. Perfect for the summer (if we ever see it) moods and festival openness, Talk to You is an insistent and ubiquitous as any track- it wants everyone to fall under its spell. Castigating morbidity, the snaking and winding composition burrows into your brain- causing a sting (and casting its spell). Go Wolf present quite a vintage and filmic lyrical presentation. There are no sweaty clubs and bar room scenes- proceedings are a lot more civilised. Playing out like a Romeo and Juliet (night-time clandestine meeting), the sweethearts exchange words and proclamations- our hero is remembering the words his girl spoke. As the rain beats down, you wonder what was being said- whether the proferrings were positive or slightly more reserved. Judging by the optimism and ebullience of the vocal, one suspects things will work out and be rekindled. Gripped (still) by the kaleidoscopic soirée of tantalising rhymes, Go Wolf keep the mood rampant and incapable of fatigue. Talk to You wins you over with its economy and simplicity. Although the composition is a complex and layered thing, the lyrics and delineation has a clean accessibility. The chorus is repeated and revoked to provide maximum effect and resonance- those catchy and direct words are designed to make you sing-along and never forget. Between the choruses, the verses and offerings are not cluttered and crowded- there are few original lines; that only adds to the effectiveness of the song. It means the composition and vocals are allowed to breathe and improvise; space is given to allow every note and consideration to come into the light. Towards the final moments, the spiraling and dizzying composition builds and mutates. Unexpected synths. and keys are brought in: something darker, squelching and buzzing mixes with the springing and celebratory core. As the track ends, it is impossible not to feel better and more alive; the song is endlessly bracing and wondrous. Packing so much sunshine wallop into a few minutes, Go Wolf craft another solid and shining diamond.

The Belfast trio have turned in another wonderfully assured and mesmeric cut. Like debut album-era Noah and the Whale, the central members add luster and beauty by combining a female voice- Noah’ had Laura Marling on board for Peaceful, the World Lays Me Down. Unlike Noah, Go Wolf are unable of crafting anything as twee and grating as 5 Years Time. Being familiar with their past work, the band seem to be growing in confidence and conviction- few other acts are as stunningly sure as Go Wolf. It will be great to see an album from the lads; see what they provide over the course of 10 or 11 tracks. It will be fascinating to see whether (an album) will be all-positive or have a mixture of emotions- I hope it will be the latter. In a music scene where negativity and broken hearts (still outweigh happy and optimistic figures), it is terrific to hear examples like Talk to You– songs that are defined by their bonhomie and scintillation. The production throughout is superb and wonderfully realised. The polished and gleaming sound gives the music a vitality and sense of clarity- the vocals and lyrics are not too low in the mix. Composition and vocals are balanced perfectly- to make sure the full and most effective presentation is unveiled. It is the boys themselves that stand out; their unimpeachable quality and sense of ambition cannot be faulted. Having unleashed their most immediate and effective song to date, it is a beauty that is befitting of the strangely cold and wet (summer) days- what we all need right now. With Electro.-Pop revivalists (like La Roux) making a name for herself, there is a need and desire (for similar music). Gaining fervent appreciation and positivity, Go Wolf’s latest offering will see them gain momentum and new consideration. Reviewers and critics have highlighted the breeziness and sunshine of Talk to You– how it puts you in a better frame of mind. Its messages are those relevant and meaningful to all- we have all been in a position where we do not want to let go of love. Less personal and individualised, the song is intended for everyone- who among us cannot relate to the messages that come through? Perhaps Go Wolf’s lead got his girl back; maybe they will last the distance- let us hope they do. It is the curiosity and build-up that captured me; the balcony conversations and rain-strewn promises. Most bands would go for the jugular- and present too much overt passion and sexuality- take little time to look at graceful and conversational avenues. Backed by sparkling and vibrant electronic colours, the combination of synths., keys and guitars unite- to whip up a fire of beauty and summer-ready glory. Driving and catchy bass lines perfectly melt in the mix; pushing the song forward (and ensuring no listener is left unaffected). The boys are incredibly tight and focused; there are no sloppy moments or aimless notes- everything is well-considered and perfectly presented. The vocal performance is never too full-on or overwhelming: it is as breezy as the composition but instilled with plenty of urgency and passion. His anonymous heroine clearly means a lot; someone who has had an effect on him- this comes through glaringly. With lyrics that look at desires and reigniting a meaningful bond, you cannot help but be won over by its intentions and desires. Altogether you get a cracking and stunning number; a song that marries ’80s synths. with some modern-day Electro.-Pop urgency. This year has been busy and productive for the trio; they are on a projection that will see them grow in stature- it will not be long until festivals and huge gigs are a real possibility.

Being a new follower and fan of Go Wolf, I have been investigating their past movements; looking into their work and early days- seeing the developments and changes. Having established a solid and sensational sound from the start, the group are growing in stature- Talk to You is their strongest and most vibrant song to date. I hope an E.P. or album is on the horizon; it is likely to be filled with similarly exceptional tracks- which will mark Go Wolf out as one of the most vital bands of the moment. After their supportive gigs (alongside London Grammar and CSS), they are in danger of being given the limelight- scoring top gigs and illustrious tour dates. All the evidence suggest they are ready to go; strike out and seduce at large. Having mentioned Fleetwood Mac and Rumours– up top- I am reminded of it once more. It is true Go Wolf do not present the same sounds and lyrical themes- the similarities come when you look at diversity and mobility. I am not saying our heroes will be producing a Rumours-esque album any time soon- they may do in time- yet they have a similarly heady sense of aim and wonder. A lot of Electro./Electro.-Pop acts exist at the moment; it seems to be the fastest-growing style of music- the likes of La Roux and FKA twigs are compelling legions of fresh acts (to present similar music). There is a lot of pleasure to be found in Electro. avenues- Go Wolf go beyond these walls and expand their palette. Having a unique and original voice, the rising stars are marking themselves out as mainstream contenders- 2015 will be a very exciting year for them. With summer seemingly over- the three days of warmth we had- we look towards autumn and winter- and God help us, Christmas. Colder and shorter days beckon; the icy and rain-lashed grip will be upon us- preserving sunshine and optimism is the most important thing (we should all do). Sensual and vivacious components make Talk to You such a much-needed and appropriate song- that which can banish the pre-autumn blues. Whether the Go Wolf warriors are thinking ahead (to new releases or not), it is clear they will be gaining fresh waves of fans- their stock and value seems to augment with the passing of each new calendar month. It is all richly deserved, it seems. From their intriguing and charming inception, their infantile movements and words; through to their current day- the group are growing and evolving with meaning and potential. Of course, there is a lot of work to be done; a great deal of countries to overwhelm and seduce- the world is their oyster. I hope the band manage to play the U.S. and Canada- nations that would embrace and behold their sounds. A lot of Europe and Australia proffer and promote similar-sounding acts and music- there are large masses of land that would welcome in Go Wolf. The band have a terrific management behind them; a clear direction and sense of self- music that imbues optimism and hope (without an iota of irony or sarcasm). Before I leave, I want to circle back to my own ambitions and music- selfish I know! My excitement and renewed optimism comes from new discoveries and uncoverings- from Fleetwood Mac to Go Wolf; musicians and bands are compelling and exciting me. Without poetry venue comings-together and pristine elliptical music; the business would be far duller and less wondrous- we have seen far too many sob stories and boring histories. Go Wolf are an exciting and mesmeric proposition; an act that seamlessly fit alongside their contemporaries- such as the XX and Wild Beasts- but provide distinct and original music. I look forward to seeing the group in the flesh; up-close and personal- seeing how their music translates in the live arena. Our music industry is discarding with the weakest and less effective artists; proferring the most fervent and inspirational- the imbalance is still clear and glaring. Too many vague and insipid musicians gamble about and wander- without a sense of direction and purpose. Let us hope that Go Wolf are not bogged down by the mediocre crop; given the chance to shine and expand- bring their special music to larger realms and audiences. With Reading and Leeds housing some of the world’s most important acts- the festivals are about to close- we turn our attentions to next year- who is going to be making headway and transitioning to the mainstream. If Go Wolf keep producing tracks like Talk to You, they are going to be very big- in next to no time. I will not pressure them (and offer up unrealistic proclamations and expectations)- they are going to want to focus on being grounded and level-headed. As the days get colder; the world a little harsher; people less reliable- embrace an act (and song) that wants to put you in a better mood; make you forget the woes and stresses of modern life. That is what we all need; this is what music is supposed to do. With that in mind, Go Wolf…

ARE leading a very impressive charge.

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2 thoughts on “Track Review: Go Wolf- Talk to You

  1. Wow! I just did a review of the track “Talk to You” and went no where in depth. You’re passion is clear, great read, and keep on making content like this. Haven’t seen anything like this.

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