Twee indiepop favourites Allo Darlin' are back with a brand new 7", and it's not a cover of Art Garfunkel's much-loved rabbit-themed weepie. 'Bright Eyes' is in fact a song of their own creation, which sees singer Elizabeth Morris duetting for the first time with guitarist Paul Rains in a sweet little ditty with a nice overdriven rock out at the end.
Vinyl 7" £4.49 FPOP174
Ltd 7" on Fortuna POP! Edition of 500 copies.
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Indie pop is a conversation, and Allo Darlin' are having it. On single "Bright Eyes", with a title that seems to wink at the over-sharing of indie rock's past, the band's dual vocalists act out a little stage play about young love. The wobbly, bedroom-strummed chords and airy percussion are merely there to score a push-and-pull argument about whether or not these two lovers need to put a label on things: the lyrics, as a result are simple Q&S, like "Do you believe in love / I surely do", or "I was dreaming / you're always dreaming". Because if twee pop has taught us anything, it's that reproaching and disparaging one another is pretty much the most romantic thing you can do.
It's not just the nostalgia that makes it good, by the way -- the Sarah/K Records worship heard in the boy-girl vocal exchange makes the tune irresistible, but more than that, "Bright Eyes" feels unprecedented. It's a twee pop song in which both sides of the story are documented, in which the lyrics are about two hearts, not one. And so it immediately feels fuller, and way more communal, than your average snarky indie pop tune.
On the flip side, the band continue to play soft, graceful pop about emotional disquiet, though this time there's only one vocal lead in the mix, accompanied by a weeping guitar riff, some stranded piano notes and the occasional hopeless vocal harmony that recalls the Wrens empathising with one another. "The Best I Can" isn't quite as perfect as "Bright Eyes", but it's another twee pop song that can easily trump everything else -- like Alvvays, it's totally sincere and totally gorgeous at the same time, a reminder that sometimes there's nothing we'd rather listen to in the world than the sound of sadness. Especially when sadness has a sick riff attached to it.
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