In Praise of Twee-Leaning London Pop Band Allo Darlin’

10/27/2010 9:48 AM |

I am very much aware that it’s not currently in style to like bands whose videos feature people walking around wearing giant cardboard heart costumes, that mere mention of the word cute is enough to send people on a quest for something much colder, something less obviously out to please, something that would seem out of place in a Zooey Deschanel movie, and I get it, I really do. But jeez, I don’t have it in me to deny the charms of a song with the lines, “See, it’s like loving Graceland/It’s not allowed to be/But we know it’s everybody’s favorite/Deep down in the place where music makes you happiest.” The song’s called “My Heart is a Drummer,” and it’s by the London-based pop band Allo Darlin’, whose debut full-length was released back in June. They’re in town for a show at the Rock Shop this Saturday—you should go, and when you’re there, ask them to play “Talullah” (streaming on their MySpace page) which contains multiple references to The Go-Betweens. Sigh. Ms. Beck, who’s already made quite clear her love for these folks, will be there, so we’ll have much more on them come Monday. [Pitchfork.tv]