London’s Allo’ Darlin is a charming quartet led by Aussie Elizabeth Morris and her ukelele. Two years ago, the band released their self-titled debut – a set of low key, bare-bones twee-pop songs that manages to delight its way into the heart of its listeners. The songs have a spark to them that’s similar to young love. You can imagine hearing these songs as you walk through the surf and sand at the beach, holding the hands of your first love.
Europe, their sophomore album represents a growth and maturity to the band’s sound. Its not just that the music sounds a little bit fuller, but the songs themselves deal more with growing up, losing love, and reminiscing about the past. There’s now a sense of bitter-sweetness to Morris’s voice as she sings. The loveliness is still there though and that tempers the longing.
In a sense though, Europe represents the next logical step in the band’s growth and direction. It is a lovely little album that I enjoyed very much. This is one of those records that I will put on for a spin on those cold, lonely rainy afternoons as I bundle up in my blanket.
Check out the videos for the nostalgic Capricornia and the intimate bittersweet Tallulah below. Both are guaranteed to warm your hearts.
Allo’ Darlin – Europe comes out 4/17 via Slumberland (order here)