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Alvvays : Antisocialites

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Canadians have a reputation for being some of the nicest people around; and when it comes to pop music, Canadian five-piece Alvvays are about as feel-good as you can get. Their debut was impressive, and on Antisocialites the band has further cemented themselves as one of the most consistently enjoyable indie bands around.
 
The album kicks off in the dreamiest of fashions with In Undertow, feeling like the underwater dream-sequence from a Disney cartoon. Incorporating ‘80s-inspired synth keys, Dreams Tonite feels super retro in the best possible way. It would have slotted in nicely in a John Hughes-esque romantic comedy. Plimsoll Punks is a bit more upbeat but about as punk as a kitten with a Mohawk. Molly Rankin’s vocals reach new highs towards the end, following a rather abrupt finish.
 
Your Type isn’t a standout but the tempo change midway through keeps it fresh, while Not My Baby shows a bit more spunk than we’re used to. Hey and Lollipop (Ode To Jim) carry some unexpected angst, while Already Gone strips things back with simple instrumentals. The album finishes nicely with the head-bopper Saved By A Waif and slow-burner Forget About Life. Antisocialites is short and sharp, but well worth your time.