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on June 30, 2017, 12:00am
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10. Alvvays – “In Undertow”

Just as we’re officially toe-dipping into summer, the promise of a new Alvvays record in early September almost makes it tempting, if we could, to hit the fast-forward button past our favorite season. That’s just how refreshing the self-titled debut from the Canadian indie pop contingent sounded back in 2014 — the band confident in being a straightforward jangle pop outfit that leaned on killer melodies and songwriter Molly Rankin’s twentysomething relationship dilemmas. Luckily, sneak peeks found in setlists and new single “In Undertow” suggest a band that have continued to hone their craft without losing what we fell in love with the first time around. This bold, glistening single brushes by like the song’s metaphorical wave, the accompanying warm and soothing breeze belying a relationship crashing against the rocks and about to be pulled under. While we’ll no doubt be sad to see our August calendar pages get torn off, at least we know some irresistable breaking up awaits us in September. We’ll be tanned and ready. –Matt Melis

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