For anyone not yet familiar, Allo Darlin’ is a four piece pop outfit from London that plays in the vein of Noah and the Whale. The music saunters to that same wistful pace as other Uke-wielding indie bands, but like Noah and the Whale, the band possesses real talent in their songwriting. Specifically, songs that initially come across as pleasant and inoffensive, later reveal a low key attention to detail in their carefully vibrating guitar harmonies, ukelele rhythms, and distinctive vocal melodies. You’ll hear this band tagged with words like cute and adorable, but pay no mind, Allo Darlin’ writes great music and plays it well taboot.
We caught up with Allo Darlin’ front-woman Elizabeth Morris for a quick chat in advance of the release of the band’s second LP, Europe, which comes out on April 17th.
Hidden Track: I’ve read that Allo’ Darlin came about very organically in terms of it being a situation where it a group of friends who played some music and next thing you know you’re touring all over the world. Is that basically how it came to be?
Elizabeth Morris: Kind of. Paul and Mike were friends of one of my friends, and she suggested Paul and I work together on this Springsteen track for a compilation record WIAWYA were putting out. We’d hung out a couple of times before that but I wouldn’t say we were close friends at that stage. But we got together to do that track and got on really well, and before we knew it we were recording more songs together and then we got Bill in on bass who was a friend of mine, to play some live shows. Then we were asked to make an album for Fortuna Pop. So that’s a roundabout way of saying yes – we came about organically!