Amidst the deafening racket of bad pop records by thoughtless songwriters (who want to be considered thoughtful), there are a few bands that stand out as worthy of a bit of hub-bub. Allo Darlin’ are one of those groups.
Fronted by the crystal clear voice of Australian born singer Elizabeth Morris, the foursome that is Allo Darlin’ began performing in London in 2007. They’ve released a highly regarded self-titled album, bandied about the US four or five times over, become favorites of the Beeb and induced rhapsodic verbal waxings by the likes of the Go-Betweens‘ Robert Forster.
Now, with the midpoint of 2012 quickly upon us, the band are raising some dust with their sophomore set, Europe. Though it continues to cement the band’s reputation for intelligent, well-bred pop music, the feel of the record takes up a much gloomier pose says Morris.
“I wanted to make beautiful songs and end up with a beautiful album, not necessarily an album full of three minute pop songs,” she notes. Strife and protest and economic disfunction around the world have inspired songs with “awareness of a darker place but end up coming out the other side.”
This is a really good example of what we’re talking about: the title cut from Europe. If you like, you can buy the single on beautiful blue vinyl from Slumberland.