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8/10 Clinton Staff review, 01 February 2013
Whilst making a curry last night I threw on 6music and heard Allo Darlin’ interviewed. I never realised two of them were Australian. I think that makes me like them more. Why? I don’t know - it’s just exotic innit. I mention this because these lot remind me of Allo Darlin’s quaint lady fronted guitar pop.
The ghost of Best Coast looms large throughout the proceedings. It’s nice sunny guitar pop, nice to children and animals, donates regularly to save the children, wraps itself up in front of the fire of an evening but doesn’t exactly...sting. I suppose things don’t always have to be the best song ever (although it would be nice). As the title suggests, this is a compilation of their early singles and cassette releases. Opener ‘Seer’ flits along pleasantly with guitars set to jangle, scattershot drums and dreamy layered female vocals.
In desperation, I’ve started the record again and on second listen the hooks are coming through. It’s well enamoured by the post ‘86 brand of jangly dream pop. Not unlike...The Sundays. That’s a very close comparison, she has a lovely voice and on ‘Green Sea’ the previous single I’m reminded of the glacial, spindly guitar pop of The Chills. On the flip ‘Doledrums (demo)’ is lovely and ‘Spirit House’ provides a darker, more shoegaze edge recalling Lush. They aren’t exactly reinventing the wheel but it’s all very pleasant indeed.
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