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ALVVAYS: A CATCHY SUMMER REPERTOIRE BY THE CANADIAN FAMOUS FIVE

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The trend of international pop music dressed in the surf-tinged pop became more powerful and sharper on indie pop darling fans ears. It is Alvvays, the Canadian-based Famous Five with their self-titled debut album, just wowed the music listeners through the music formula⎯by the vocalist Molly Rankin, the guitarist Alec O’ Hanley, the bassist Brian Murphy, the drummer Phil Maclsaac, the keyboardist and also Molly’s best friend Kerry MacLellan⎯that sounds so natural and well concepted for creating the nuance of pop that fulfilled by the summer guitar reverb sounds, the bounce of so-called psychedelic keyboard melodies, and a whole bunch of catchy chorus could beat off the listener whose the ears easily turned off with the horrible alien melodies.

Alvvays music seems reincarnated to be the underdog feminist who cares with the life of people around her. She is a girl who always be lonely but really appreciates every minute in her life, including the teenhood with a gorgeous lovelife and the social problems.

Try to listen ‘Party Police’ which tells about the defiant lovers among the youngster social systems. “You don’t have to leave, you could just stay here with me. Forget all the party police, we could find comfort in debauchery.” Or let’s roll to the piece of lyrics in ‘The Agency Group’ that tells about the anti-drama rejection in hipster’s lovelife. “When you whisper, you dont think of me that way. When I mention, you don’t mean that much to me.” And of course, the young and restless souls in Alvvays members cannot be underestimated on reflecting the teenage problems with their injudicious attitudes into the twee romance music via ‘Archie, Marry Me’. “You’ve expressed explicitly your contempt for matrimony. You’ve student loans to pay and will not risk the alimony.” The lyrics surely reveal their ages.

The album seems declared as the summer soundtrack for the expressive teenagers in their rooms, yet being restless in public. The effortless, yet loudness of Molly’s voice will remind us to Best Coast’s Bethany Cosentino, The School’s Liz Hunt, and Eisley’s Sherry DuPree Bemis. If they can stay longer with the more of experimental consistency around 10 years in music industry, Alvvays music will be the good references for the new indie pop darlings in the future.

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Tracklist:

1. Adult Diversion
2. Archie Marry Me
3. Ones Who Love You
4. Next of Kin
5. Party Police
6. Dives
7. The Agency Group
8. Atop A Cake
9. Red Planet

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SEBUAH REPERTOIRE MUSIM PANAS DARI LIMA SEKAWAN

Tren musik pop internasional yang terbalut dalam aransemen surf pop kental menjadi semakin kuat dan tajam di telinga penggemar musik indie pop. Adalah Alvvays, band lima sekawan asal Kanada yang baru saja merilis debutnya bertajuk ‘self titled’ baru-baru ini memukau banyak penggemar musik karena formula musik yang diusung oleh sang vokalis Molly Rankin, gitaris Alec O’ Hanley, bassis Brian Murphy, drummer Phil Maclsaac, dan kibordis sekaligus sahabat karib Molly; Kerry MacLellan, terdengar natural dan terkonsep (dengan sangat baik!) untuk menciptakan nuansa pop yang diwarnai oleh surf pop berisi bunyian reverb petikan gitar musim panas, pantulan melodi kibord psychedelic, dan banyak melodi chorus musik yang cenderung cukup menjual untuk diberikan kepada pendengar dengan level kerentanannya terhadap melodi ‘tidak enak dan aneh’.

Alvvays seakan menjelma menjadi seorang underdog feminist yang peduli dengan kehidupan orang-orang di sekelilingnya. Dia adalah orang yang kesepian namun selalu menghargai tiap detik dalam hidupnya, termasuk masa mudanya yang penuh dengan cinta dan segudang masalah kehidupan sosialnya.

dengarkan lagu ‘Party Police’ yang bercerita tentang pasangan pemberontak sistem sosial anak muda kekinian. “You don’t have to leave, you could just stay here with me. Forget all the party police, we could find comfort in debauchery.” Atau simak penggalan lirik dalam lagu ‘The Agency Group’ yang menceritakan tentang penolakan cinta secara halus dari si anti-drama. “When you whisper, you dont think of me that way. When I mention, you don’t mean that much to me.” Dan tentunya, jiwa-jiwa semuda Molly dan teman-temannya tidak dapat diremehkan dalam menciptakan lirik ‘twee’ romantis sarat akan konteks problema remaja yang gegabah namun lucu dan satir seperti di lagu ‘Archie, Marry Me’. “You’ve expressed explicitly your contempt for matrimony. You’ve student loans to pay and will not risk the alimony.” Lirik ini jelas mengungkapkan umur mereka saat ini.

Alvvays seperti menjadi soundtrack bagi anak muda yang cenderung ekspresif di kamarnya, tapi selalu terlihat resah saat berada di publik. Suara Molly yang nyaring namun effortless akan mengingatkan kita kepada Bethany Cosentino (Best Coast), Liz Hunt (The School), dan Sherry DuPree-Bemis (Eisley). Jika dapat bertahan sekitar sepuluh tahun di dunia musik dengan kekonsistenan yang lebih eksperimental di antara nuansa twee, surf pop, dan alternative, Alvvays akan menjadi kiblat banyak band indie di masa depan.