Alvvay’s synth-filled sophomore record
music | Antisocialites | Sept. 8, Royal Mountain Records
Three years ago, the East Coast outfit Alvvays hijacked Toronto airwaves with their out-of-theblue self-titled debut, a lo-fi masterpiece filled with beachy guitar riffs and front woman Molly Rankin’s dispassionate drawl. Where that record was the sonic equivalent of a fun-filled summer fling, its melancholy follow-up, Antisocialites, is like an autumn breakup (check out the wistful, surf rock–inflected single, “In Undertow”). Fans will have plenty of time to learn the lyrics before the band’s four-night Mod Club marathon in December.