Taken from this week’s Future Pop mailer. Click here to subscribe.

I’ve had female-fronted British band Wolf Alice on my list for possible inclusion in Future Pop for almost a year, but I was unsure if they were just a bit “too cool for school,” with their nerd-mocking music video and Angela Carter-inspired name. Do they actually want success, or just respect from a niche indie audience? I was finally convinced to feature them this week when I heard their beautiful and epic ballad Blush. I appreciated the punk attitude of Fluffy but Blush balances tender and passionate moments in a way that will have much wider appeal, and I hope this is a direction they pursue. The fact they describe themselves as “rocky pop” gives me hope they have other enjoyable tunes up their sleeves.