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The Toronto indie-rock quartet returned this summer with their sophomore effort with some new tricks, guests, and sounds hidden up their sleeves. It’s follow up to their successful self-titled debut from 2014. The sonic expansion on the new release brings about the shoegazing sounds of the past and present, with influences ranging from Lush, Jesus & Mary Chain (There’s even a nod to Jim Reid lyrically), and Best Coast. Molly Rankin has sharpened her pen and expanded upon writing themes. Rankin tackles many familiar themes in different ways, broken relationships, pop culture, questioning oneself, and parties. Molly described her band’s sound perfectly on the World Café interview this summer as “Shiny, but sad music”.
The shiny parts may have arrived in the form of synths on the new album to go along with the band’s gangly indie rock guitars. Some examples of the integrated shoegaze meets syth sounds include “Dreams Tonite” and “Plimsoul Punks”. The first single from the record, ‘In Undertow”, features gangly guitar man Norman Blake, from Teenage Fanclub.
Alvvays took ample amounts of time on “Antisocialites” to expand and evolve their sound, rather than trying to reproduce their successful debut. The results leave you believing there will be even greater things to come.
Kyle Smith (Music Director/Midday Host)