IN PRAISE OF: Kllo - Backwater

06 Nov 2017

Melbourne duo - and cousins - Chloe Kaul and Simon Lam's debut


IN PRAISE OF, exploring the critical accliam of Kllo's incredible debut album ' Backwater'

"Backwater comes a few years after Kllo's debut EP Cusp was released into the world, meaning the nascent duo suddenly found themselves playing live and touring the world with literally every single song they'd ever written. No time to experiment, no time to develop a sound by locking themselves in a studio away from prying eyes and ears.

Yet the Australian duo's first full-length feels whole and complete, and with a distinctive sound. Drawing from a variety of '90s sources, in particular the UK Garage and 2-Step scene, and unearthing a mature, complex songwriter - with a gorgeous singing voice - in Kaul, Kllo has pulled off something of a trick." - The Line Of Best Fit

"Australian duo Kllo, a family collaboration between cousins Chloe Kaul and Simon Lam, might have a thing or two to say their speedy rise to fame, in part due to their melancholic beat-making fused with R&B and 90s UK garage. Since the release of their first EP in 2014, the band has been featured in fashion magazines, a range of buzz blogs and travelled the world non-stop. In between tour buses and airplanes, they managed to write part of their first full-length album and later work out the details in isolation back in Melbourne.

Kaul’s delicate approach to lyrics, where she pours her need for comfort, is a focal point on Backwater, attached to a feeling of lightness shining through Lam’s production talents. By overlaying lyrics drenched in intimate beauty, and even heartache with airy sounding tracks, Kllo are also taking part on this new wave of R&B, soul revivalism bandwagon led by established figures like FKA twigs, Sevdaliza and, of course, Kelela." - The 405

"If Kllo’s 2016 sophomore EP Well Worn was an enjoyable yet tentative dip into the pool of electrosoul, Backwater is a far more streamlined, consistent, impactful affair.

One of Kllo’s chief vehicles for achieving Backwater’s clandestine mood is how wispy and weightless Kaul allows her voice to be on these songs. Back-to-back highlights 'Dissolve' and 'By Your Side' feature some of her most understated and breathy singing to date, further layering Kllo’s already spooky, restrained beatwork with a further layer of mystery. She achieves this effect no matter what she’s saying: 'Dissolve' is one of the most lyrically detailed songs on the album, whereas 'By Your Side', in classic Burial style, repeats the same 10 words (“want to be by your side again,” “call you up”)." - Paste

"Backwater being their most complete and mature release to date, the band’s creative dynamic remains organic and allows them to adjust themselves to a rhythm of their choosing, as they evolve as musicians and as a two-piece band with a wide range of possibilities." - The 405

"If Backwater, made across the world and somehow pulled together back in Lam's Melbourne studio, is what Kllo can achieve in the eye of the storm then whatever comes next has to be worth looking out for." - The Line Of Best Fit

"Backwater is a mature, rich effort that's likely to see Kllo continue on their ascent." - Exclaim

Kllo bring their debut to XOYO, 23 November

Tickets on sale now

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