THE MUSIC FIX - SINGLE OF THE WEEK
Taking all the best bits from early Belle & Sebastian combined with Camera Obscura (yes, it is that good) are the amazing Allo Darlin’. Male to female dialogue bats back and forth against a whimsical musical backdrop that will make stripy jumper wearing indie kids grin from ear to ear. It’s also the first record this year to make me shed tears of joy.
DROWNED IN SOUND - SINGLES OF THE WEEK
‘Dreaming’ really is a stolen-night romance-a-thon, talking as it does about the risks of loving a New when you’ve had your heart hung, drawn and quartered by an Old. But it’s also about reading the signs wrong; of mistaking satellites for stars, and how, if you really want to ‘lose it on a disco floor’ you need to leave your broken heart behind. The best thing about it is that it sounds like a cardi-wearing, knock-kneed, twee pop song – with all the wheedling over-sensitivity that implies. But it is actually terrifically wise and practical; romance pop for realists, if you will allow me that.
ARTROCKER - 4/5
Thanks to a few superb demos that have been floating around online in recent months, Elizabeth Morris of Allo Darlin' has been attracting some worthwhile attention as a bit of a songwriter du jour. While the Fortuna Pop! label is no stranger to quality, this collaboration with Monster Bobby is a genuine delight to behold, further consolidating her emerging reputation. Not only is 'Dreaming' proof the Morris' voice is an effortless joy to listen to, but it's also evidence that from time to time, a well-rounded 3 1/2 minute indie pop stomp is just what the doctor ordered.
The name of this album perfectly encapsulates everything I love about Elizabeth's musical output from the Darlings to Allo Darlin' to these precious songs: an unyielding optimism that is never naive, and by being so, becomes wildly contagious. Some music tells you that "everything will be ok", but her music actually makes you believe it, even when the lyrics hint at doubt. Michael Feck