The indie-pop heroes have announced they’ll release their third album, We Come From the Same Place, on October 7 via Slumberland Records. You can stream the first preview track, “Romance and Adventure,” below.
In the past couple of years, the London-formed band’s Australian frontwoman, Elizabeth Morris — when not self-releasing an online-only EP titled Optimism — found time to fall in love, decamp to Italy and get hitched. As “Romance and Adventure” quickly makes clear, Morris’s songwriting hasn’t become complacent with marital bliss. “Some of the songs were written so fast I can’t even remember writing them,” she said in a press release. This one was initially set aside for a movie soundtrack and came out about after a challenge from guitarist Paul Rains to write a pop song in a minor key, according to the announcement.
The fluidly jangling melancholia here draws a line past oft-cited influences Belle and Sebastian back to the Smiths or the Go-Betweens (the latter of whose Robert Forster was an early Allo Darlin’ champion). Still, when Michael Collins’ drums fall out and Morris stars getting to the chorus: “When you say these things to me / And you open up your arms / I don’t only think of me / I’m just tired of being strong,” she insists.
The song also demonstrates how Allo Darlin’ have said they tried to capture more of a live feel with We Come From the Same Place. They worked again with Simon Trought, who produced Europe and 2010 debut Allo Darlin’, at the same east London studio where they recorded the self-titled album, but they aimed for less of a piecemeal approach. Guitarist Paul Rains explained in the press release, “We’ve used three years of touring to try and get some of that sweat and grime and togetherness and sweetness and anxiety onto a record.” Rains also duets with Morris on a song from the new album titled “Bright Eyes.”
Other songs headed for We Come From the Same Place include “Crickets in the Rain,” which was written after Morris relocated to Italy and includes the lyric, “Nothing feels the way it did before and I am grateful for that.” Another is “History Lessons,” which like “Crickets in the Rain” takes a view Morris has described as “anti-nostalgia.” Elsewhere, “Half-Heart Necklace” alludes to Twin Peaks but draws from a true story of a girl who was thought murdered but actually had gone into hiding, and “Kings and Queens” was born out of a U.S. show with frequent billmates the Wave Pictures.
Bass player Bill Botting said in the release, “The key to Elizabeth’s songwriting appeal is that she’s so adept at pinpointing certain ideas and moods; leaving one city and finding a new one and realizing that beginnings and endings have a lot in common.” Scroll down for the album cover art and U.S. tour dates that criss-cross the country from October 10 in Brooklyn to November 6 in Massachusetts. Also see where Europe ended up on our sister site eMusic’s Best Albums of 2012.
Allo Darlin’ tour dates:
10/10 Brooklyn, NY – Glasslands Gallery
10/11 Philadelphia, PA – Boot & Saddle
10/12 Washington, DC – Rock & Roll Hotel
10/13 Chapel Hill, NC – Local 506
10/14 Atlanta, GA – 529 Club
10/15 Tallahassee, FL – Club Downunder
10/16 New Orleans, LA – Gasa Gasa
10/17 Houston, TX – Rudyard’s
10/18 Austin, TX – The Mohawk – Inside
10/19 Dallas, TX – Club Dada
10/21 Phoenix, AZ – Last Exit
10/22 San Diego, CA – Soda Bar
10/23 Los Angeles, CA – The Echo
10/24 San Francisco, CA – Rickshaw Stop
10/25 Sacramento, CA – Witch Room
10/27 Portland, OR – Bunk Bar
10/28 Vancouver, BC – Electric Owl
10/29 Seattle, WA – The Vera Project
11/1 Minneapolis, MN – Icehouse
11/2 Chicago, IL – Schuba’s
11/3 Detroit, MI – Lager House
11/4 Toronto, ON – The Drake Hotel
11/6 Cambridge, MA – Middle East (Upstairs)