Monday Exposure: Elizabeth Darling/Allo Darlin’

The Darlings – Emily (MP3) via WeePOP!
Elizabeth Darling – I Wanna Be Your Girlfriend (MP3)
Elizabeth Darling – Oh No! Another Email From You! (MP3) via her website.

It’s a tough job being a songwriter these days. A good 90% of songs are about getting together and splitting up and you can’t write an honest, story song about either of those anymore without including email, texts, MySpace, Facebook etc. But the pop song has really moved beyond letters and phonecalls. Any reference to more modern means of communication is open to ridicule (such as from Bill Bailey at about 5:40). The only song that comes to mind that includes texting without sounding contrived is The Arctic Monkeys’ The View from the Afternoon. All of which is a roundabout way of me saying I like Elizabeth Darling’s songs.

The first I heard of Elizabeth Darling was when WeePOP! released The Darlings’Photo EP. The EP has sold out but you can still download Emily and stream officially the best ukulele AC/DC here. They’ve since changed their name to Allo Darlin’ (probably due to the fact there are 6,000 bands called The Darlings) and Elizabeth has been putting up a bunch of demos on her website which are some of the best ukulele-pop songs I’ve ever heard.

Allo Darlin’ MySpace

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  1. Elizabeth Darling June 24th, 2008 2:05 pm

    Wow! Thanks so much. That’s super sweet of you and far too kind. But you did just make my day. And if anyone’s in London on the 17th July I’m playing at the Miller, or come to Indietracks and see us play a set on the train! xx

  2. Woodshed June 24th, 2008 9:53 pm

    You’re very welcome, Elizabeth. I may well be going to Indietracks, so I might see you on the train.

  3. Mo Mo July 25th, 2008 12:04 pm

    Allo Elizabeth :-)

    I just wanted to say that I heard “I wanna be your girlfriend” travelling back late at night on Wednesday on BBC 2 and thought it was really fantastic.

    I couldnt stop humming the tune (which is always a good sign for a hit record)….

    I wish you every success and I’m so looking forward to the album??

    When will it be released?

    Best of luck with everything you do. ;-)

  4. Josh October 11th, 2010 8:07 pm

    As always your voice is incredible.

    As soon as i heard the Allo Darlin’ album i was in love! It was totally inspiring. But i’ve been searching for some guitar or piano chords of yours – i’d love to play some of the recent songs.

    Will there be any way of finding these shortly? – I hope so! :-)

  5. mendelous December 17th, 2010 6:35 pm

    I love Allo Darlin’! The song My Heart is a Drummer is on infinite loop in my head right now! :-) Excellent album!

    BTW, does anybody know what Ukulele is she using? is that a standard soprano or a tenor? sorry for the stupid question… :)

  6. Woodshed December 18th, 2010 10:13 pm

    mendelous: I think it’s a concert she’s playing in this video.

  7. mendelous December 19th, 2010 5:39 am

    oh I thought it was. and it is. thanks!
    but she uses an electric soprano on gigs right? thanks again!

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