Alvvays | Underneath Us
A big thanks to Transgressive Records for posting a free download of a fantastic Alvvays track called “Underneath Us”, a b-side that wasn’t featured on the Canadian five-piece’s July release. The label says this song was originally released with the cassette version of the band’s track, “Archie, Marry Me”, if you bought it from an independent record shop. The song is brilliantly gauzy, warped and nosily abrasive, while retaining a crystalline kind of purity. It’s the mix of siren-guitar screeches playing against scuffed static and Molly Rankin’s verses floating above it all in their cryptic, apocalyptic glory: “Something happening, underneath everything / Something happening, underneath us.” It’s beautiful. One of my favorite songs of the year. I’m just happy to have a copy of it. — David D. Robbins Jr.