In 2014, an awesome debut from a new Canadian band called Alvvays fell from the sky. Their 1st self-titled album was an impressive, totally enjoyable   bittersweet indie pop wonder, with excellent guitar melodies, and charming female vocals by beautiful Molly Rankin.

Well, Canadians Alvvays  formed in Toronto Ontario in 2011, by vocalist Molly Rankin, Alec O’Hanley (guitar), Brian Myrphy (Bass), Kerri MacLellan (Keyboards), and drummer Phil MacIssaac (past 2011–2016), Sheridan Riley on drums (2017-present)

Been waiting impatiently for the new album for almost 3 years and now their 2nd album, is ready! ‘Antisocialites‘ was released on September 8th, 2017!

Listening to the opening fuzzy track ‘In Undertow‘, we understand, why Alvvays could be the physical continuity of the great indie pop band Camera Obscura. The 2nd song, ‘Dreams Tonite‘ is the sweetest song  they ever made. “If I saw you on the street, would I have you in my dreams tonight?“,  whispers softly Molly, and a tide of  mellowness fills our soul.  ‘Dreams Tonite‘ is the Indie-pop perfection, an ear candy from first till last second. Other tracks, ‘Saved By A Waif‘ that starts pretty melodic, ‘Lollipop (Ode To Jim)‘, ‘Plimsoll Punks‘ and old-school style “your type” are fast, sharper, surfy, jangly and catchy. With ‘Not my Baby‘ we almost dance with the super, up-tempo, happy & catchy melody and refrain. The guitar solo at 2’32 is just remarkable. The album closes ideally under the blissful, calm sounds, and awesome refrain  of ‘Forget About Life‘, a song that starts with an acoustic serenity with the sing-along breathing vocals of Molly, and finalizes into a chamber pop way.

Antisocialites‘ is a little bit different in comparison to the first album. Less introverted, more direct, sharp, and fuzzy, but just as enjoyable, full of magnificent melodies and vocals to fall in love. An ideal soundtrack for teen romance…

Ιt was worthwhile to wait for three years. ‘Antisocialites‘ is among the best albums of 2017, and it’s the sweetest gift for this Autumn.

Theodoros Rentesis