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[LP] ALLO DARLIN has me DREAMING with THE texture of a POLAROID when i hear this SONG

i was surprised by how happy i was, don’t ask why, it’s just because

♫ Allo Darlin’ – Dreaming

Elizabeth Morris moved from Australia to London in 2005 and started making music under the name The Darlins. One name change, a couple new members, and over 5 years later and I finally stumble across Allo Darlin’ self-titled debut. The LP came out last summer and that certainly would have been a perfect time to soak in these sunny and sweet jams. Call it twee if you must, but these simple and heartfelt tracks feel more significant than that “genre” implies. “Dreaming” makes me want to do the twist and do cartwheels at the same time, a sure recipe for a compound fracture. Something about that boy/girl vocals that makes great love-pop songs even better (see: Slow Club).

♫ Allo Darlin – The Polaroid Song

“The Polaroid Song” packs perfect twang, tight bounce, and some cottony “oooh, ooohhh”s into a little dance package that screams top-dropped road trip up the coast. If only, right? Other album standouts are awesomely Weezer-referencing “Kiss Your Lips,” the tender “Let’s Go Swimming,” and the empowered “My Heart Is A Drummer,” but really the whole thing is a swell affair. Maybe not “Woody Allen” so much but that’s kinda what you get when you write a song that makes me think of… well, Woody Allen. So kick your shoes off, crank up the stereo, and start busting all those moves you picked up from Jack Rabbit Slims’ dance-off and old episodes of Happy Days.

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