Ukulele isnâ€™t just popular for YouTube cover videos. Britain-based twee rockers Allo Darlinâ€™ are beguilingly sweet, from their jangly pop tones to Elizabeth Morrisâ€™ delicate vocals. Mix together Belle & Sebastian, The Corrs, Eisley, and Tegan and Sara to get a feeling for the mellow, blissed-out tones that make up Allo Darlinâ€™s sophomore effort, Europe.
â€œCapricorniaâ€ features angular guitars and slightly darker lyrics that evoke The Smiths, while â€œNorthern Lightsâ€ evokes optimism through bright imagery like the title suggests. â€œWonderlandâ€ is steeped in intriguing animal metaphors, like lions and polar bears, and the lyrics of â€œThe Letterâ€ have been transcribed straight from a heart displayed proudly on oneâ€™s sleeve.
Allo Darlinâ€™ offer the sort of bubblegum indie thatâ€™s smooth rather than overly saccharine. The music is fun to listen to, even as the lyrical content gets deeper, and so Europe is a wonderfully therapeutic album for distraction or entertainment.