First heard Allo Darlin’ driving around LA on KXLU fairly recently. I was lucky enough to stay within the broadcast range to hear the DJ back announce the name of the band and have had a music crush on them ever since. Lucky enough for me they’d just released their second full-length album, Europe, on Oakland’s Slumberland. Allo Darlin’ are a very twee band based out of London featuring some rather distinctive vocals from Elizabeth Morris. Morris is originally from Australia which might explain why her phrasing sounds a bit different, a bit like Victoria Bergsman, but with a much sweeter quality to her vocals. Morris often brings out a Ukelele which can often seem a bit gimmicky with other bands, but it fits into the sound of Allo Darlin’, especially on “Still Young,” when the main melody breaks down and we’re left with just Morris and her ukelele until things pick up again at the end. Truly lovely music.
Added bonus, and a real highlight of Morris’ vocals and ukelele playing, “Tallulah,” also featured on this new album: