Capricornia is the first single from the eagerly anticipated second album from Allo Darlin' entitled Europe.
Achingly personal, incredibly poignant and familiar all at once, Elizabeth Morris' songwriting has deepened and developed since their debut, and while the upcoming album may have a more sombre feel to it Capricornia shows that they've lost none of their ability to create sophisticated, intelligent pop music with an uplifting, joyous feel. And for those of you wondering exactly what Capricornia is all about, Elizabeth explains:
Capricornia is the area in Queensland that I'm from. It has imaginary state lines, roughly around the Tropic of Capricorn, which runs directly through my hometown.
There's a nice 70s monument that marks the spot where the line passes, out on a lonely dirt road where all the kids learn how to drive. My family have lived in this area for over 6 generations but none of my generation remain. It's a beautiful place.
Musically, when we first discussed the album with our producer, I suggested that the feel of Europe should be somewhere between A New England by Kirsty Macoll and Cattle and Cane by The Go-Betweens. I think this song is the closest to that.
Probably the only disco song in the world to feature ukulele and lap steel, Dreaming is a melancholy toe-tapper of a duet with Monster Bobby of The Pipettes, who turned in a guest vocal so bass-worryingly low that he lost a filling.
A paean to going out dancing and falling in love in a cold climate it'll make you almost nostalgic for the sub-Arctic conditions of the last British winter.
Flip it over and B-side You Still Send Me is a total heartbreaker, recorded absolutely live in the studio, vocals and all, with every breath and creak audible.
Written while visiting her parents on the Queensland Coast If Loneliness Was Art captures some of that Australian sea air with its laidback reggae-ish beach vibe and summery Sha-la-la-la-las.
Listen carefully though and you'll hear that the carefree disposition of the song masks a quiet despair and longing in the lyrics. As Elizabeth herself says, It's about wanting somebody. Really really badly.Even if the British weather fails to cooperate, If Loneliness Was Art is going to bring a slice of Aussie pop sunshine to proceedings.
Tracklisting: 1. If Loneliness Was Art 2. Girlfriend
My Heart is a Drummer is the fourth single from Allo Darlin's self-titled debut on Fortuna POP!, an album so chock-full of great tunes that it just keeps on giving. Brightening up the dull wintery days, My Heart is a Drummer calypsos and sashays, combining Elizabeth Morris' signature ukulele with Bill Botting's rumbling bass lines, Paul Rains' rhythmic guitar and Mikey Collins' swinging drum beat.
Allo Darlin' are a breath of fresh air breezing through stale music everywhere. Elizabeth Morris' thoughtful yet playful creations are achingly personal, incredibly poignant and familiar all at once. Incorporating tunes that you think you must have heard before, she twists them into something new and highly intoxicating. Bringing a certain Australian aesthetic from her native country, she translates effortlessly into the London scene, using ideas very much based on every day life and observations.
My Heart is A Drummer is a statement of inner strength and defiance with lyrics somehow manages to include a chain-smoking asthma suffering boyfriend, that nervous in love feeling of twisting your fingers round the telephone cord and Paul Simon's Graceland. Meanwhile the b-side, an acoustic version of their last single If Loneliness Was Art, tells of longing for someone who is seemingly out of reach.
Tracklisting: 1. My Heart Is A Drummer 2. If Loneliness Was Art (acoustic)