Free Music Friday! Allo Darlin' - Europe

The darlings of the international indiepop scene, Allo Darlin' follow-up their critically acclaimed and hugely successful self-titled debut with their new album Europe. The London-based four-piece, led by Australian songbird Elizabeth Morris, with guitarist Paul Rains, Bill Botting on the bass and Michael Collins on drums - create perfect, sophisticated pop gems and know how to put on a joyous, effervescent, fun-filled live show.

VIDEO: "Capricornia" (Dir. by Nik Vestberg) -

Europe is chock full of memorable songs including the first single "Capricornia", which conjures up the bleached sunlight of summer in the area from which Elizabeth hails in Australia. Then there's the title track and next single "Europe," a celebration of the togetherness that pulled the band through a disastrous tour of the continent last year, when noxious fumes in their tour van nearly put paid to them altogether. There's the epic "Still Young", the song that their friends The Wave Pictures refer to as their "Born To Run", the wonderful "Northern Lights" about spending New Year's Eve in Sweden and "Wonderland", the last song written for the album and one of the band's favorites. Perhaps the two best songs on the album are the ballads. If Elizabeth describes the extraordinary "Tallulah" as "probably the best song I've written", then "Some People Say" runs it close for sheer, heartfelt emotion.

Gloriously catchy, brilliantly uplifting and charmingly intelligent, Europe promises to be one of the most exciting albums of the year, with Allo Darlin' pleasing their existing loyal fanbase as well as winning over hoards of new admirers. The album is proof that Allo Darlin' will be one of THE bands to watch out for in 2012.



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