It’s not a crime to make cutesy music, but it certainly can get a bit overwhelming. There’s been enough time passed now for the failings of twee to be plastered over, and with Los Campesinos! starting a mini-revival a few years ago there has been no shortage of new bands making delicate indie music. the problem, as ever, is making it right – Herman Dune have been doing so for years, but for the rest of us there are obviously a lot more pitfalls. Whilst many fall, the lucky few that manage to make it past are absolutely life-affirming. Allo Darlin’ are part of that elite bunch.
With their debut out on Fortuna Pop record in the next few days, the half Australian, half Kent foursome have managed to make the jump from a few hugely promising singles to fulfilling their potential. their songs are jangly, tip-toe affairs, evoking the sound of picnics and high summer, afternoon tea coupled with jam and cream filled scones. They stop short of being sickening, as shown by their sublime reimagining of The Ramones’ ‘I wanna be sedated’, turning the punk rock classic into something closer to a hymn than an anthem. Their best moments are still those penned by themselves – latest single The Polaroid Song is the closest they’ve come to pop perfection. Built upon a jaunty little riff, it’s a heady, swirling homage to 60’s doo-wah pop, making you yearn for memories you don’t possess, marking your slide into complete and utter love for them with it’s 3 minutes and 48 seconds.
Though LC! might have abandoned their devotion to twee (to the point that Gareth sings of dancing like every song the DJ plays is now Kenickie instead of the Bis of the recorded version), their legacy to the sound lives on – Allo Darlin’ played Twisted by Design early in 2009. They’ve also shared stages with The Pipettes, Darren Heyman and The Pains of being pure at Heart, as well as playing Twee as F**k during 2009. That the label has become a derogatory term is irrelevant – if there’s one modern band who could possibly reclaim the name, it is Allo Darlin’.
Allo Darlin’ – The Polaroid Song [free download from fortuna]