Alvvays - "In Undertow" (Royal Mountain Records): The announcement this week that Toronto-based indie rock fave Alvvays has finally set the date for an eagerly-awaited new album was cause for excitement.
Antisocialites comes out on Sept. 8, and this advance cut has us salivating.
"In Undertow" may not have quite the instant earworm impact of breakthrough hit "Archie, Marry Me," but its charms will soon willingly drag you under. The distinctively dreamy voice of Molly Rankin (one of the very best out there) is in full effect, backed by a seamless wash of guitar and keyboards sounds.
Such lyrics as "there's no turning back after what's been said" may sound ominous, but Rankin moves on positively, suggesting, " Meditate, play solitaire, take up self-defense," as options. The vibe of the song is mesmerising, not melancholy.
In a label press release, the singer notes "This record is a fantasy breakup arc and my life nearly imitated art."
Extensive international touring for Alvvays begins with an August slot on Lollapalooza in Chicago. It will wrap with four nights of hometown shows, Dec. 13-16, at Toronto's Mod Club Theatre, where we expect the ensemble will be triumphant.