“Capricornia” is the first single from the eagerly anticipated second album from Allo Darlin’ entitled Europe, and is due for US release on April 3, 2012. The band are also embarking on a full US tour to accompany the album release in April, so look out for their effervescent, fun-filled live show in a town near you.
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.”
Having built up an intensely loyal and ever-increasing fanbase, Allo Darlin’s reputation has developed at its own pace, from just one girl strumming a ukulele to headlining London’s Scala and touring all over the world. In their brief lifetime they’ve toured the USA four times, played sold out shows across the UK, embarked on an epic five-week European tour, and wowed the crowds at both Indietracks and End of the Road festival. The band have also been strongly supported by BBC 6music, recording several sessions including one at the prestigious Maida Vale Studios as Steve Lamacq’s choice for BBC Introducing. Their self-titled debut was released to universal acclaim in 2010 with plaudits including being named No. 2 record of the year by online retailer eMusic and a glowing 1,200 word essay by legendary Go-Between Mr. Robert Forster in the Australian critical magazine, The Monthly.
A slice of pure Aussie pop sunshine to brighten up the winter, “Capricornia” is proof that Allo Darlin’ will be one of THE bands to watch out for in 2012.
“Terrific, witty and heartfelt, like a less moody Belle & Sebastian” – The New York Times
“Say hello to Allo Darlin’: a welcome reminder that any aversion to cutesy music in recent years may have been due not to the aesthetic, but the quality.” – Pitchfork
Street Date: April 3, 2012