Fidelity Wars #121: Allo Darlin’ – “Darren”

Allo Darlin’ seems to be one of the up and coming contemporary indie bands of our times, having a growing fan base and receiving generally good reviews from the critics. It’s spearheaded by Australian singer-songwriter Elizabeth Morris, whom I first encountered when she provided the vocals on the song “I Know I Fucked Up” for Darren Hayman’s January Songs project. (Which you can read more about here.)

The band’s guitar-and-drum driven music is catchy, but can get a bit same-y in the long run, with several of their tunes (at least on their latest album, Europe) having a too similar sound and melody and thus starting blending together into a delicious, but not entirely satisfying, mush. They could do well to have a bit more in variety. Why not add some Casio or Korg to a few tunes, and have some guest vocalists? But it’s certainly good in small doses. Just like German happy hardcore from the 90s. And that’s more than can be said for a lot of contemporary indie music.

In August 2011 Allo Darlin’ released the limited edition 7″, featuring an original song called “Darren”, plus a cover version of the song “The Wu Tang Clan” from Darren Hayman’s days as The French together with John Morrisson. The song “Darren” is a tribute, of sorts, to Darren Hayman. According to the bandcamp page of the release, “It’s about listening to records when you’re embarking on a new romance.” So it’s not directly about him, but the character – or characters – in the song are listening to his music. This song is this week’s featured track. Enjoy!

Allo Darlin’ – “Darren”


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