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 music is both sun-splashed and twilit -- songs concealing drunkenness, defeat and death in tungsten-tinted pop that glitters like sea glass.
Flood your ears.
Next of Kin (3:41)Connor Gilhooly
Archie, Marry Me (3:15)Gavin Keen & Allison Johnston
Adult Diversion (3:27)Colin Medley