Alvvays: “Archie, Marry Me”

Photo by Gavin Keen

Canada’s Alvvays had to add the typographical quirk after discovering an English band with the same name, and what a twist of fate. The original Always drew from the same wellspring as the newer one: jangly folk, girl-group pop, and just a hint of punk darkness.

Don’t let this search-engine-confusion dissuade you, though. Alvvays’ self-titled debut is as charming as they come; it’s sweet, but spiked by frontwoman Molly Rankin’s wry observations. She’s frequently in crisis-mode, filtering her where-am-I-going musings through a lens that any twentysomething (or anybody with a beating heart) can understand. Subway rides turn into epic daydreams full of romance and astronauts, only to come crashing back to earth. For such a buttoned-up genre, Alvvays truly let loose on “Archie, Marry Me,” going for broke with a huge hook. It’s the equivalent of a giant billboard, smashing any sort of romantic confusion with its unsubtle message. This is music that’s meant to be sung, preferably at the top of your lungs.

Support KUTX’s ability to bring you closer to the music.

Donate Today