Alvvays Popfrenzy/ Caroline
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.