After their impressive entrance into the music landscape over the past 18 months, Kllo (formerly Klo) are set to skyrocket back into the spotlight with exceptional new material in the form of sophomore EP Well Worn.
The musical collaboration of Melbourne cousins Simon Lam and Chloe Kaul generated considerable buzz worldwide with the release of their debut Cusp (2014), a pertinent name for an act with such promise. The latest taste of this promise are new singles ‘Bolide’ and ‘Walls to Build’, compelling work of substance and subtlety that’ll leave listeners longing for the pair’s new record.
Within days of its release, ‘Bolide’ had been added to high rotation on Triple J, received spins on BBC Radio 1, and has become one of the most talked about tracks in the world as tastemakers once again scramble to champion this exciting, fresh project. ‘Walls to Build’ followed soon after, with the likes of Pitchfork, the Fader and Stereogum celebrating the newest cut off Well Worn.
Kllo’s music has already been routinely praised by critics and peers, with their ice-breaking first single ‘Make Me Wonder’ picked up by BBC Radio 1 and shared across the online community with reckless abandon. Follow up single ‘False Calls’ was premiered on Triple J’s 2014 (with Richard Kingsmill), before a third single “Under Lie” saw them ranked as Hypemachine’s #2 “Most Blogged Artist”. The Cusp EP then reached a peak of #5 on the iTunes Australia Electronic Charts, and saw the likes of Spotify and Elle Magazine rank them as “Artists to watch in 2015”.
Their live-show has also developed considerably. After a string of festival performances both locally (Splendour in the Grass, Melbourne Music Week and Dark Mofo among others) and overseas (the Great Escape, Primavera Sound), they’re bound to add to their legion of fans with further festivals and tours appearing quickly on the horizon.
The duo’s pulsating soundscapes come from two worlds – Lam’s jack-of-all-trades production paired with Chloe’s contrasting, enchanting siren-like vocals and lyrics – resulting in a sound rich in texture whilst retaining a measured pop sensibility. Collaborating as Kllo was the catalyst for these family members to work together – which makes for a sound that matches – progressive and constantly evolving. The peaks and troughs of Kllo’s songs are held up by dancefloor-destined production and a sharp momentum – percussive and structured, but never heartless.