It’s always a mistake to think that any act’s name will reflect what they sound like. But in the case of Allo’ Darlin, they couldn’t be any further away from the Zoo Magazine-reading and wolf-whistling their moniker brings to mind. Their self-titled debut in fact has quite a sedate, whimsical feel to it. It’s effortlessly cool, with a kind of Kings Of Convenience, Au Revoir Simone feel to it. Breezy and light, it’s late night listening distilled perfectly, especially ‘The Polaroid Song’ and ‘Woody Allen’. They don’t offer anything you could call innovative, but their songs are well crafted and improve on repeated listening. This record will have you playing it lots of times, though you may never be sure why, and released by Fortuna Pop, who gave us The Pains of Being Pure at Heart last year, Allo Darlin’ could be 2010’s surprise hit.

By Tom Goodwyn

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