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jasonhew It's like that feeling you get when you saw something you recognize, but not enough to trigger the inner workings of your memory to exactly recall that said something and you scramble around to find clues and then you meditate and try to think, really think, thinking hard to find out what this all meant in the grand scheme of things, and you realize without realizing that you like this feeling so much you just didn't care anymore and just basked in that glow, longing for it to last as long as possible until suddenly it ended and you scrambled to press replay, but that reverie is gone and you felt lost and confused, but then you hear it again, and all is well once more, you know? Favorite track: Next of Kin.
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Sarah Murphy I didn't know what to expect when I bought the cassette, but it was a great feeling. Favorite track: Archie, Marry Me.
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Nico An album with songs that make me feel so many different things, but it's still cohesive as a whole Favorite track: Archie, Marry Me.
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about

Alvvays are two women, three men, a crate of cassettes and a love of jingle-jangle.

Molly Rankin and Kerri MacLellan grew up as next-door neighbours in Cape Breton, lifting fiddles and folk-songs. Heartbreaks of different shades soon entered their lives, as did the music of Teenage Fanclub and Belle & Sebastian. Similar noisy melancholy drifted over to Prince Edward Island, finding Alec O'Hanley, Brian Murphy and Philip MacIsaac.

Convening in Toronto, the group have been making music since dusk or maybe dawn, when stars were appearing or fading off. As a result, their debut self-titled album is both sun-splashed and twilit -- nine songs concealing drunkenness, defeat and death in tungsten-tinted pop that glitters like sea glass.

With needlepoint melody and verse, Rankin and O'Hanley's songs were recorded at Chad VanGaalen's Yoko Eno studio and mixed by Graham Walsh (Holy Fuck) and John Agnello (Sonic Youth, Dinosaur Jr., Kurt Vile).

The resultant album is loud and clear and sure. Flood your ears.

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released July 22, 2014

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