Woman You Stole’s latest offering might be rough around the edges, but just because something isn’t polished to within an inch of its life doesn’t mean it’s not a great track, and ‘Frustration’ perfectly exemplifies that. It’s class.
This is a thoroughly enjoyable track to be able to review, and it’s not quite like anything I’ve had the opportunity to write about for RGM over the past year. It’s uplifting as it swells through the realms of playful indie laced with a DIY Punk attitude wearing a Shoegaze hat. It swirls uncontrollably, and then with absolute precision, into this atmospheric beast of a track.
It won’t be a track that leaves you knowing all the words to a pop-inspired chorus, nor will it shake you to your bones; instead it does something far more rewarding. It forces you to listen, to pay attention to all the little nuances that this band has managed to draw into just 3 and a half minutes, and then leaves you like a gust of wind. Every listen of ‘Frustration’ is unique, noticing different themes and elements that only paint the full picture after your 7th/8th/9th time round.
You’re travelling on a journey with this Manchester trio to a niche little spot they’ve made out for themselves and no one else. I don’t want to draw too much comparison to other bands because this track is its own entity, but let me just say it wouldn’t feel out of place on a Wolf Alice album (yeah it’s really that good). If only they’d come to Leeds! In fact, if WYS are reading this, drop me a message and I’ll try and sort something.