After a self-imposed hiatus, Yorkshire quartet Allusinlove (formerly Allusondrugs) have re-emerged with debut full-length, ‘It’s Okay To Talk’. Brimming with raw energy and swaggering attitude, the record swings from sleazy rock ‘n’ roll to psychedelic pop with an ease usually reserved for groups further into their careers.
Taking no prisoners from the offset, ‘Full Circle’ tears through juddering rhythms and loose guitars riffs before retreating to a soft and restrained verse. Using dynamics wisely and leaning on Connor Fisher-Atack‘s powerhouse drumming, the simple yet catchy chorus explodes with frantic energy.
Continuing to build the energy, ‘All My Love’ revolves around a stomping riff and Jason Moules‘ snappy vocal hooks. Mixing strong vocal hooks and pounding drumbeats, the track gives room for psychedelic lead flourishes and a triumphant half-time coda.
The same can be said about ‘Bad Girls’, an infectious track that plays with a churning riff and sultry lead guitar melodies to create a swinging crowd pleaser. Whilst Allusinlove are adept at swaggering rock ‘n’ roll, the record shines when they touch on exterior influences.
‘Sunset Yellow’ sees the group tread between dream pop and post-punk, opening with Jemal Beau Malki‘s lounging bass line, Moules‘ bright and abrasive vocal delivery is traded for murky and reverb heavy musings. Tugging at tension throughout, the track circles around moments of intimacy and power effectively.
Album highlight ‘Lover, I Need A Friend’ is the group’s most ambitious and accessible track on the record, showcasing Andrej Paulovic‘s strength as a guitarist, who hurtles through shimmering finger-picking techniques, polka inspired riffing, and squealing solos effortlessly. A varied and rhythmically intricate track, the solid hooks and swinging groove create a cohesive foundation for the group to push their boundaries.
With a strong collection of tracks on display, the record loses momentum briefly with album closer, ‘The Deepest’. Whilst it displays a vulnerability in Moules‘ performance and boasts a crashing climax for its finale, when placed after the impressive ‘It’s Okay To Talk’, the track loses impact.
For the most part, ‘It’s Okay To Talk’ is a tightly written and infectious debut, filled with a bouncing energy that can propel the group towards a wider audience. Armed with riffs, attitude, and sing-along choruses, Allusinlove have crafted an insatiable record.
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