Why I’m crying to Alvvays

“Live your life on a merry-go-round, who starts a fire just let it go out”

Alvvays are back with new songs and they are as good as ever – dreamy, oddly sad and with plenty of reverb. At Coachella Festival in California, Alvvays debuted some new songs that will presumably make their way onto their new album (whenever their dare to share it with us).

Personally, I have a lot of love for Alvvays because they are That Band that I will always associate with being a teenager and so much of my life right now. Their music has been a special part of my life in that it has also inspired my to make my own music and be a happier person. Basically I’m just one massive fangirl but that’s OK, I have no shame because I am grateful that I can make such a positive connection with music.

I do more than my fair share of crying to Alvvays and it will come as no surprise to anyone that I spent a few minutes on my bed crying after hearing their new songs. Not Your Baby is a Camera Obsucra-esque song which I really like and I think may have been floating around for a little while before Coachella. For me, the real highlight of these songs is Dreams which starts out as a keyboard based song and then builds with guitar lines and harmonizing vocals. It’s pretty good.

So here’s to the new Alvvays album. First up is New Song AKA Dreams (what it said on the setlist)

And Not My Baby

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Frankie Cosmos – Sinister

Basically, Frankie Cosmos reminds us that it’s ok to feel down sometimes via a cute pop song with a recorder.

A few months ago, Frankie Cosmos released a single from her upcoming album, Next Thing (Bayonet Records) which is released next Friday. The song continues with the full band that she worked with on her previous album, Zentropy, which fills out the song nicely while maintaining much of her DIY lo-fi feel. The song begins as a very simple pop song with a sparse band and just Greta’s vocals but soon builds with the addition of some swirling organ and harmonies in the chorus and then a recorder interlude. The lyrics in the chorus make reference to an Arthur who is apparently a New York anti-Folk artist from years back. It’s these little references that remind me how these songs are written about things I feel and understand too and that’s probably why I love Frankie Cosmos so much.

Next Thing is released on the 1st Of April and you can also see Frankie Cosmos live in the UK in May.