Single Review: Allo Darlin’ – Capricornia

By on Wednesday, 29th February 2012 at 2:00 pm

After their 2010 debut, Allo Darlin’ are back, with their breezy pop sensibilities, antipodean-influenced sound, and ukeleles. Teaser single ‘Capricornia’ turns the dial a little more upbeat than previous efforts, with more than a nod to the mainstream. Opening with shoegazey acoustic guitars, the bright, ’90s-shiny harmonised vocal of Elizabeth Morris is breezy as Margate sea-front, equally as adorned with primary colours, and as fluffy as seaside candy floss. Like the Cranberries on nitrous oxide, or a Belle and Sebastian with impeccable manners, this is music you can take home to have a cup of tea with your gran. There’s nothing fancy here, just some nice melodies, a few jangly guitars, and a song with a big grin on its face.

Allo Darlin’s star has been rising since their rapturous reception on last year’s music festival circuit: 2012 could be the year they break into the mainstream. Which eagerness could explain the reason why such a sunny track is being released in January: this lot just can’t wait to brighten up the doldrums of winter. Good on them.


‘Capricornia’, the latest single from Allo Darlin’, is out now on Fortuna Pop. Their next album ‘Europe’ is due out in April. The band are in the middle of a UK tour, stopping in Cardiff tonight.


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