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Taking the train with Annie Eve and Alvvays

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Annie Eve and Alvvays

Need a pick-me-up on the bus to the office? Or looking for that perfect Friday-feeling tune for the train journey home? Need a good jam for the walk home too? Look no further! Each week we’ll bring you our Music Radar top tracks (complete with a Spotify playlist) so you can plug in and get your toes tapping on public transport

By Callan De Villiers

We know we do tend to go on about the weather…as much as we go on about the joy that is music…but it does tend to rule your life when you live in the city.

This week it’s been toying with our emotions. Dappled sunlight the one day, rain the next…it’s hardly fair. So in the spirit of embracing the angst, this weeks picks are two beautiful artists whose music is utter poetry…

First up is an English singer-songwriter from North London. We caught Annie Eve, and her wonderful band, live at the Borderline a few weeks ago and were utterly awe-struck.

Her delicate, heartbreaking, angelic vocals, coupled with the dark but sweet lyrics of her songs, made us feel like the only people the room. As a side note, an accordionist as part of your live band is probably the coolest thing ever.

Her debut album, Sunday 91’, was released earlier this year and is start-to-finish absolutely wonderful. Our recommends are Bedtime, Animal and Ropes. It was in no way difficult to pick our top Annie Eve track, do yourself a favour and listen to Elvis below…

Next up is a “bunch of Canadian weirdos” called Alvvays. We had the rare pleasure of catching these indie-pop wonders play at the most wonderfully tacky venue, the Bethnal Green Men’s Working Club. The stage backdrop is literally a huge lit-up valentines heart…which is only fitting for a band whose music makes you feel as if you’re love-stick in a high-school gymnasium. In the best way.

This five-member band have created something dreamy and we love it! Check out Party Police and Dives off their self-titled album Alvvays (2014). Our personal favourite is Adult Diversion, take a look at the official video below….

And don’t forget to check out Global Cool’s Music Radar Spotify playlist to keep up to date with the hottest new music when you’re on the bus/train/tube to work….

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/ Love the trend (not the spend) /
/ Do it in public (not the car/plane) /

Images from Annie Eve & Alvvays on Facebook (with permission).

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