Breezy rom-pop brilliance
Like Ken Livingstone in Hello Kitty hairslides, indie-pop looked to be a bygone concern, but is suddenly back in with a fighting chance. This is largely due to the breezy rom-pop brilliance of Allo Darlin’ singles like ‘The Polaroid Song’, singer Elizabeth Morris’ cute/cool way with a ukelele and a song about watching cartoons on NYE. Their second album finds them poised between The Pains Of Being Pure At Heart, Stornoway and Kirsty MacColl. ‘Capricornia’ and ‘Europe’ thicken their debut’s effervescent jangle to a rich lustre, and Morris’ solo uke classic ‘Tallulah’ makes sending postcards of sausage-eating Germans sound as romantic as dinner on the Danube. Hugtastic.