The first single to be taken from Allo Darlin’s forthcoming album We Come From the Same Place, “Bright Eyes” is a hugely enjoyable duet between singer Elizabeth Morris and guitarist Paul Rains – his first recorded lead vocal performance. Recording their vocals simultaneously in the live room of the studio, the two were able to play off one another and capture the humour and affection inherent in the song’s lyrics. “Bright Eyes” isn’t the first duet the band have recorded, early single “Dreaming” featured Monster Bobby of The Pipettes trading lines with Elizabeth, but as she notes, that then poses its own problems when it comes to playing live. “I wanted to write another duet, but the only problem with doing that is that when you play live it’s very rare that the person you recorded it with can be there. So I thought it would be great to write a song with Paul singing the other part. I love Paul’s singing and I wanted to hear him do it more, so it’s quite selfish really!”
“We Come From The Same Place” is the third full-length recording from the much loved Anglo-Australian four-piece and is made up of smart, beautiful pop music, with lyrics that resonate with experience and melodies that chime, echo and soar. The album combines the eagerness, urgency and immediacy of their 2010 self-titled debut with the contemplation, sophistication and ambition of their 2012 follow-up “Europe,” and yet it goes beyond either both sonically and in the songs. It was written at a time of considerable change for songwriter Elizabeth Morris, a time during which she fell in love, moved to Italy and got married. The truism is that third albums are difficult beasts, but by remaining true to themselves Allo Darlin’ have side-stepped the pitfalls to produce a wonderful record – thoughtful and exciting and exquisitely played – that will please their existing army of fans and newcomers alike.
Tracklist: Bright Eyes / Best I Can
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