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1.
How do I get close to you Even if you don’t notice As I admire you on the subway When it’s dark outside your house You won’t let anybody out And keep a padlock on your door. Well one more cocktail and I’m on your trail. If I should fall Act as though it never happened I will retreat And sit inside so very quietly. How do I grow old with you Even if you don’t notice As I pass by you on the sidewalk When it’s dark outside your house You won’t let anybody out You’re keeping a dead girl in the closet. One more cocktail. Is it a good time or is it highly inappropriate? If I should fall act as though it never happened I will retreat and then go back to University. I won’t waste a moment.
2.
You’ve expressed explicitly your contempt for matrimony You’ve student loans to pay and will not risk the alimony We spend our days locked in a room content inside a bubble And in the night time we go out and scour the streets for trouble. Hey hey, marry me Archie Hey hey, marry me Archie During the summer take me sailing out on the Atlantic I won’t set my sights on other seas there is no need to panic So honey take me by the hand and we can sign some papers Forget the invitations, floral arrangements and breadmakers Hey hey, marry me Archie Hey hey, marry me Archie Too late to go out, too young to stay in They’re talking about us living in sin Hey hey, marry me Archie Hey hey, marry me Archie Hey hey, marry me Archie A-R-C-H-I-E, hey
3.
Take, take from the ones who love you Leave, leave with the ones who don’t Lie, lie with the ones who left you Lay, lay to the ones who won’t When lightning strikes I will be on my bike I won’t be stuck inside I will be taking flight They, they are the ones who love you We, we are the ones who don’t Hang up on the ones that need you Watch out for the ones who won’t When lightning strikes I will be on my bike I won’t be stuck inside I will be taking flight And when the wheels come off I’ll be an astronaut But I won’t be lost in space I will be skipping rocks When you live on an island Nothing ever falls in place The winters are violent And you can’t ever feel your face You can’t fucking feel your face And when lightning strikes I will be on my bike I won’t be stuck inside I will be taking flight And when the wheels come off I’ll be an astronaut But I won’t be lost in space I’ll be on Lippincott Take
4.
Next of Kin 03:48
We walked along the rocks for nearly an hour I caught the way you looked at me in the sunlight You took something before you went in the shower To help suppress the things that make you feel uptight If I’d known you couldn’t swim We would never have gone in I left my love in the river The only one who sees I lost his hand in the current It was the life I wanted and I hoped for And now I am left sifting through the weeds The sun so hot I saw his skin through his t-shirt The grass so tall we knew we wouldn’t be found We climbed into the stream sure no one would be hurt And in no time at all there wasn’t a sound If I had known you couldn’t swim We would never have gone in No colour to his skin Inform the next of kin No colour to his skin I left my love in the river The only one I see I lost his hand in the current And now I am left looking through the trees
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Party Police 03:47
Walking through the trees I never really know what’s on your mind Is it ever me or just someone you’ve left behind Floating through a dream I never could make out the words you said Sentences are bouncing back and forth inside my head You don’t have to leave You could just stay here with me Forget all the party police We can find comfort in debauchery Fighting through the fog I can’t believe it rained all summer long When every day’s a hurricane You know there’s something wrong I see you every day It’s hard to figure out what happens next I can not decipher conversation in your head You don’t have to leave You could just stay here with me Forget all the party police We can find comfort in debauchery You don’t have to leave You could just stay here with me Forget all the local police We can find comfort in biology We wrote our names on the overpass and I hope it lasts forever You don’t have to You don’t have to leave You could just stay here with me Forget all the party police We can find comfort in debauchery You don’t have to leave You could just stay here with me Forget all the local police We could fight If you don’t want to You don’t have to
6.
Parked outside of the agency Wondering if you can sneak away with me I’ll admit I’ve been losing sleep Rifling through your toxicology When you whisper you don’t think of me that way When I mention you don’t mean that much to me, to me An outcast of modern society Suffering from a case of sobriety Shortcomings, well you can take your pick When you are catering to one of your nervous tics When you whisper you don’t think of me that way When I mention you don’t mean that much to me, to me You know that it won’t take much longer Until it’s wrong you know that it won’t take much longer Now that I’ve been gone It’s gone The sun is gone
7.
Dives 02:56
All the documents you keep And the friends that never phone Spend the winter in a jeep And your summer months at home No love to share, so what, who cares Bleeding light into your room Makes you cower beneath the sheets Waste away all your days No love to share, so what, who cares I’ve been waiting on our lives together I’ve been patient for a long time We’ve been hanging out in dives forever We never get it on the first try We never get it on the first try We never get it on the first try The first try So what, who cares, no love to share
8.
Atop a Cake 03:19
I lie on a sofa awake It’s what you said last night You’d like us on top of a cake But you won’t let me take a bite Flowers arriving in fleets Can’t we talk about this Why let the state in our sheets Can’t we do without it Well I don’t mean to wind you up But I’d like to slow it down How do I remain a pup If you put me in a gown What’s it got to do with you What’s it got to do with me How could I lose control When you’re driving from the backseat What’s it got to do with you What’s it got to do with me How could I lose control When you’re driving from the backseat Corners begin to repeat I think we’re getting lost We walked to the end of the street But we were bitten by the frost So if you have to thaw me out You can put me in a pail Can we take another route I don’t want to wear a veil What’s it got to do with you What’s it got to do with me How could I lose control When you’re driving from the backseat I’ll wait in the lobby for someone to show And if they don’t come I will know where to go The bodies are lined up outside in the hall I don’t want to decay in a mall If everything you say is true Then why would I disagree How could I lose control
9.
Red Planet 03:58
It’s been almost twenty years on the red planet A place where there are no tears It is just water floating No they’re not quite emoting I dream of the other days of the times I held you Left in an autumn blaze Now I idle in bubbles Just collecting the rubble Well I waited for you out here But that was just delusional And I’ve painted all these pictures of Earth But that’s unusual Unusual to you Met at a seminar Shared the same table Brushed by you at the bar You didn’t match your description And soon became my prescription I think of the junipers in the spring Growing far more than Jupiter It doesn’t draw a reaction A temporary distraction And I waited here forever And that was just delusional So I painted all these pictures of Earth But that’s unusual to you Unusual to you

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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