I’ve heard it said — though there is some debate — that the human brain can’t make up a face. If this is true, every face we dream has to be a face we have seen, even if they are no more than a passing stranger. There is no way to prove the fact, and no way to disprove it, but we can all agree the notion is romantic.
Alvvays bring ideas of memory, however subconscious, to the forefront of “Dreams Tonite”. “If I saw you in the street, would I have you in my dreams tonight?” asks Molly Rankin on the heart-of-the-album track. The reflection resonates and carries through the song and the video. Memory becomes an exploration, a thematic launch into the past, which is exactly where the video is set.
In the clip, Alvvays are seen at the 1967 Expo in Montreal. Expo 67 took place during Canada’s centennial year, 50 years ago, and to this day is considered one of the most successful World’s Fairs in, well, the world. One of the most magical things about the Alvvays approach to using history is the casual images they choose to include, the focus on the attendees, and the personal and wistful takes on everyday life. Footage has been edited to smoothly include the band members, and the result is something reflective, celebratory, and aesthetically pleasing.
Alvvays’ lastest album, Antisocialites, came out on September 8th, 2017, and can be found wherever you purchase music. You can also follow the band on their twitter, Facebook, and website for more music and news.