Upbeat and sunny, Allo Darlin’s eponymous debut is warm and fuzzy. It’s happy music reminiscent to The Go-Betweens’ “striped sunlight sound”. Hailing from Queensland, where there’s 365 days of sunshine per year, it’s no surprise that Allo Darlin’ has an optimistic view of the world.
Allo Darlin’ is a new band, and with that comes a rawness that can often get swept away by experience. Singer, Elizabeth Morris’ vocals are captivating, almost a regression to Harriet Wheeler’s dreamy sound perhaps with hints of Mazzy Star. It’s an album of progression, each track seamlessly moves from one song to the next, maybe the only downside is that there isn’t one particular track that pops out. Don’t be disheartened though, because as a collective the album works, growing on with each listen. Let’s Go Swimming has a pulling chorus and sets Morris up as a storyteller – it’s a song with a beginning, middle and end.
It’s good to hear that Morris has ditched her waitress job to pursue Allo Darlin’ full-time. Exciting times ahead. www.allodarlin.com.