Single Review – Alvvays – Lollipop (Ode To Jim)

A celebration of all things sugary sweet but with a wonderfully noisy layered instrumentation Alvvay’s new single ‘Lollipop (Ode To Jim), taken from the band’s new album ‘Antisocialities’, has the kind of swaying, shimmering, melody that seems glittered covered straight from the early nineties. Written after sharing the stage with ‘Jesus & The Mary Chain’, where vocalist Molly Rankin sang the anthemic ‘Just Like Honey’, ‘Lollipop (Ode To Jim) is undeniably a love note to the band, I mean Jim Reid is mentioned in the opening line: ‘Saw Jim Reid in the Corridor and wondered if he could ever see me that way, he was on my list at the grocery store when you grabbed my wrist and said you liked my keychain.’ With lines like these the single’s true charm comes from Alvvay’s ability to keep things feeling realistic inspite of an obvious daydreaming storyline. 

Hayley Miller

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