“Wolves” is a new single from the UK artist Valentina, probably most famous for her vocal contribution on Joe Goddard’s (out of Hot Chip) “Gabriel”. This is the first song of the follow-up to her debut EP titled Weights (released back in 2011), and by the sound of it, it will most likely have a completely different compositional character than anything she has done up to this point.
“Wolves” starts with the low and high frequencies filtered of, sounding like something being played on a vintage vinyl player (or an old AM Radio of some sort). As the frequencies appear in full, the song becomes an ever-changing journey of shifting and morphing textures underneath Valentina’s sparse but spacious refrain, carrying the song from acoustic chamber pop into a fully orchestrated composition. It’s like a perfect morph of late-eighties’ Kate Bush and Björk’s “Hyperballad”. Stunning.