Sunday, May 6, 2012

Allo Darlin Head To Europe

Allo Darlin's latest album Europe is a sparkly gem of anorak wearing indie pop of the highest order. With jangly guitars, Byrdsian like influences, and vocals that are so adorably cute you'll want to hug them Allo Darlin have perfected the art and skill of being twee. Like a combination of Camera Obscura and Roger McGuinn this boy/girl band write heartbreakingly awesome pop tunes as if it were second nature to them.

Europe is a jolly, frivolous record that skips its way across the songs that make it up. From Neil Armstrong to Capricorn to love gone wrong and love gone right it's all here and it's so incredibly good that if it doesn't put a smile on your face you should probably seek some help. This is the soundtrack of spring and summer, it's bright, carefree, and laced with sunshine and the band sees fit to keep the jangle quotient high throughout the record. This is a record rooted in 60's pop but modernized in an AM Stereo kind of way. Europe like the continent itself might have its troubles but is ultimately brilliant.

Allo Darlin are awesome at what they do. They can write heartwarming adorable pop music at the drop of a hat. Their songs jangle, jump, and warm the cockles of your heart. Europe is a fantastic record that never loses sight of the fact that all the best albums are reaffirming and fun. Allo Darlin has quite possibly written our feel good hit of the Spring and we couldn't be happier.

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