When it worked, as on breakout track Archie, Marry Me, Alvvays’ self-titled debut soared, but these moments were few and far between and it often fell flat. Their sophomore album, released in September, tightened up the promise of their debut on every level, delivering a ten track, thirty minute mainline of stiletto sharp guitar pop. In a year bloated with artistic aphorisms on the state of the world, Antisocialites offered a refreshing diversion about an entirely fictional event; against the backdrop of an imagined breakup, Molly Rankin conjured up some of the catchiest tunes released this year, distilling dreampop, krautrock and grunge influences into an airtight package. The breathless delivery of these songs can mask the craft on show; just listen to the layered harmonies and production on Saved By A Waif, one of my favourite tracks of the year. This is the work of a supremely talented band led by one of the most exciting voices in indie music today.
Words: Nick Bedingfield