Alv­vays Popfrenzy/ Caro­line

Blunt - - In Review - TIM MARKLEW

What­ever your lo- fi in­die- pop needs are for 2014, this de­but al­bum from Canada’s Alv­vays ( like Wavves and Chvrches it’s pro­nounced sim­ply as al­ways, a name that was al­ready taken) has you cov­ered. Want beach- friendly summer an­thems? They’ve got “Adult Di­ver­sion”, “Archie, Marry Me”, “Next Of Kin” and the awe­somely- ti­tled “Atop A Cake”. Want that slower, melan­choly sound full of long­ing and re­gret that Real Es­tate and DIIV have done so well in re­cent years? “Ones Who Love You”, “Dives” and “Party Po­lice” will sort you out. And synth- led closer “Red Planet” of­fers some­thing dif­fer­ent en­tirely. Con­sis­tency comes from front­woman Molly Rankin, who brings those clas­sic hazy vo­cals so suited to this jan­gly C86/ surf sound, she’s cool and dis­in­ter­ested at times but up­beat and emo­tive when nec­es­sary. Is this the sound­track to summer 2014? It’s a def­i­nite con­tender.

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