Monday, May 7, 2012

ALLO DARLIN' @ THE ECHO

Allo Darlin's Elizabeth Morris
Allo Darlin'
Currently on their West Coast leg of their tour, AlloDarlin' stopped by The Echo on Saturday, welcomed by a loyal fan-base that made Allo Darlin's debut album a favorite among fans and critics alike.  Now, they return with their second full-length album called Europe which was released last month and has already been featured as the album of the week by USA Today.   

Allo Darlin'

Allo Darlin' performs at The Echo
photos by picksysticks
Those who are familiar with this UK based band fell in love with their vintage-pop harmonies which are delivered over folk-pop balladry.  (Specifically a ukulele)  If I had to compare?  The sonic candy sounds of the Submarines mixed in with the simplicity of  The Weepies.   This London-based band is so fun to watch and listen to, it's hard not to love this band.
Allo Darlin's Elizabeth Morris
Allo Darlin's Elizabeth Morris

I was drawn in by their infectious single "Capricornia, " which is their first single off their newest album.   YouTube helped me generate more love for this band as I scoured more songs from this five-piece comprised of  Elizabeth Morris, Paul Rains, Mike Collins and Bill Botting.  And as luck would have it,  they were playing The Echo a week later. 

They didn't disappoint, singing their songs that made them indie-darlings. ""The Polaroid Song," "Kiss Your Lips" and "Dreaming" felt magical under the glimmering mirror-ball lights skipping against the dancing crowd.   They even performed one of my favorites off of last year's EP, the catchy single "Darren." 

But it was songs off  their newest album, Europe,  that was showcased this night.  Underneath their indie-rock of  soaring, playful arrangements, Allo Darlin's songs evoke nostalgia, longing and often times, heartbreak.  In "Some People Say" Morris sings "I wish some things would stay the same" while Morris' breezy vocals sings "I'll remember these nights always" in the title track "Europe."   One of the highlights of the night was when Morris returned for an encore to perform a stripped-down version of "Tallulah" proving more emotional in its simplicity. 

Allo Darlin' continues their tour up the coast to San Francisco  to Seattle and then ending their U.S. leg in New York City at the May 20th Popfest. 

Allo Darlin'
Allo Darlin'
Allo Darlin' performs at The Echo
photos by picksysticks


"Capricornia" by Allo Darlin' off their latest album Europe.
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