Allo Darlin' #2 - Northern Lights / Golden Age

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Allo Darlin' are certainly on the short-list for my album of the year so far, their second LP Europe (released through Fortuna Pop) is one of those rare albums which flows perfectly without any duff tracks over forty minutes so full of sunshine and wistful memories it can't help but bring out memories, as with life some good, some bad but on the whole, a journey likely to leave you overwhelmingly happy inside.

I've already mentioned previous single "Capricornia" a joyous, sweet slice of pure pop and the rest of the album is equally single worthy, whether it's the albums beautifully crafted ballad "Tallulah" which sees Allo Darlin' go back to their roots with Elizabeth's emotional lyrics pouring out over simple uke plucks, or the wistful highlight "Some People Say" Europe is utterly glorious.

The third single to be taken from the album "Northern Lights" (released 27th August and available to pre-order here) is another moment to saviour, unashamedly upbeat with sunshine guitar jangles, colourful drum slapshes and pitch perfect vocals. It's B-Side "Golden Age" is unique to this release (thankfully, I'm getting a bit Scrooge-tastic in my old age as far as singles without real b-sides go) and is equally bright and immediate, a rich, magical guitar-led melody that is so irresistibly charming it's going to have you bouncing around your bedroom/garden/festival, whichever you prefer...

Elizabeth and the gang are on tour in early September ending with a show at Kings College, London on the 13th, get your tickets here. It promises to London's indie-pop highlight of the year.