Toronto based indie poppers Alvvays have just released their latest music video for song ‘Next of Kin’ from their self-titled debut. This sunny indie-tinged tune coincides with the unusually warm autumn we’re experiencing in the UK, making this the ideal post-summer tune to prepare you for the chillier days and longer nights to come.

Imagine a female lead Foster and the People or Two Door Cinema Club; it’s awfully upbeat and graceful, its melodies both alluring and twee. ‘Next of Kin’ remains subtle and underplaying but never underwhelming, twinning the sleepy and effortless tones of vocalist Molly Rankin with misty, sun kissed, delicately plucked guitars from Alec O’Hanley.

The video’s DIY, stop motion feel accompanies the nostalgic feel of this track with recent memories of the 2014 summer, fading away a little slower than normal. ‘Next of Kin’ is bound to make you reminisce, regardless of whether you’ve heard the song before or not. It’s almost familiar, but not in an obviously plagiarised way – ‘Next of Kin’ is the sensation of seeing a complete stranger but feeling as if you know their face.


Alvvays debut self-titled album is out now and they will be touring the UK and Ireland in October:

Oct 20 – Junction 2, Cambridge UK

Oct 21 – Kazimier, Liverpool

Oct 22 – O2 Academy, Dublin, Ireland

Oct 24 – The Institute, Birmingham

Oct 25 – Brudenell Social Club, Leeds

Oct 26 – Riverside, Newcastle

Oct 28 – Komedia, Brighton

Oct 29 – O2 Shepherds Bush Empire, London

Oct 30 – Bethnal Green Working Man’s Club (Transgressive Records 10th Anniversary), London

By Sarah Moore

Sarah Moore is a VH Music Writer (formerly Music Editor), live events marketing bod and an advocate for the physical format. When she's not lovingly writing for the music section at Vulture Hound, she will most likely be found shouting at her disobedient cat or going to gigs in and around the Midlands.