Basement Featured Album of the Week: Alvvays - Blue Rev
Blue Rev is the latest album from Alvvays. This Canadian band has been topping the Basement charts! Their newest album since 2017 was a phenomenal comeback.
“Pharmacist” is the first and most popular song on the tracklist, and for good reasons. The lyricism leaves much to interpret while listening. There are a lot of call and response lines that make it easy to catch on and sing along to. My personal favorite song is “After the Earthquake.” The peppy melody contrasts the lyrics talking about the aftermath of an earthquake. “Pressed” is another fast-paced song, and shows off those familiar, staple, and well-loved indie pop drumming and bass patterns.
“Tom Verlaine” brings back the melancholy guitar riffs. “Pomeranian Spinster” is the most punk song on the album, with strong vocals and angsty lyrics from the lead singer Molly Rankin. “Lottery Noises” shows a more dreamy side of her voice, as the soft verses show off the higher part of her range. While this song still has full-force choruses, the final song “Fourth Figure” is whimsical and is consistently soft throughout the whole song.
Try this album if you like: Soccer Mommy, Bad Bad Hats, Japanese Breakfast, Snail Mail