Allo Darlin’ – Europe
Track to download: My Sweet Friend
Many of the elements that characterised 2010’s self-titled debut recur in Allo Darlin’s sophomore offering: ukuleles, immediate hooks and wistful vocals. However, their indie pop is nowhere near as carefree on Europe; there’s yearning and loneliness, but tempered with optimism too.
The songs are packed with different characters, often feeling like the tracks themselves ARE characters. From the fragile beauty of Some People Say, packed with cultural references, to the driving rhythms of Still Young, this is a beguiling, multi-layered record, full of personality and depth. Utterly lovely.