I’ve become pretty obsessed with wolves in the last 6 months. As part of my course I’ve looked at ancient Italian interactions with these liminal creatures and wondered why Rome has such a close bond with them. Seriously, images of wolves in Rome are everywhere, but in flesh and blood they are nowhere. They are metaphors for the taming of the wilderness surrounding the Eternal City, but they also encapsulate the tragic industrialisation which has driven them out of their ancestral home: they are no longer welcome back despite their famous suckling of the eponymous founder and his brother Remus. You can’t see the wolves for the mopeds and the misogyny.
As she builds upon the success of her collaboration with Joe Goddard the wonderful Valentina has released a video to accompany the first single from her new EP, Wolves. It was drawn/created by Richard Forbes-Hamilton and is reminiscent of the Snowman, if only for the shaky, ambiguous style. It’s beautiful and compliments the single perfectly. These are the tangible wolves, and as the song steadily builds, more and more elements envelope Valentina’s soothing voice and you are swept away on her winding narration. Excellent for a Saturday afternoon.