KLLO share their most stripped-back sounds ever in ‘Nylon’
KLLO, the collaborative project between cousins Simon Lam and Chloe Kaul, have given a new meaning to the term ‘keeping it in the family’. Sharing their music with us since 2014, Kaul’s airy vocals and Lam’s exceptional production skills have seen them consistently placed on global festival lineups, including Splendour in the Grass (Aus), Primevera Sound (EU), Southbound (Aus) and The Great Escape (UK).
Laneway is the next major festival destination for the two, having just been announced as part of the 2018 line-up alongside Anderson .Paak and Mac DeMarco. They have also landed a spot on the line up for the New Years Day festival, Let Them Eat Cake. This is with no surprise considering the duo are consistently described as one of the most promising up and coming artists.
‘Nylon’, the newest release for the duo, is the third taste off their upcoming debut album Backwater. Though it contains the idiosyncratic sounds that Kllo are so well known for, and which have brought them to the forefront of Australian music in the past couple of years, it is, perhaps, the most raw and truthful track they have released to this day.
Emphasising Kaul’s cool and emotive vocals, ‘Nylon’ is a self described stripped back ‘piano ballad’, and works to relay a story of youth and the hardships that come with it.
In fact, Kllo themselves describe the song as an ode to the struggles of growing up, growing older, and stretching to fit the expectations of adult life, saying, “It is about disorientation when growing older, but with a mind still too young to take on the serious commitments of what’s in front of you – and how suffocating it can be to try and hold yourself up to those expectation.”
This theme seems to be congruent with the release of their new album, Kaul saying, “It’s the first time we hadn’t felt like kids anymore…We were really able to dive in deeper and bring out a lot more of us into the music.”
So, much like ‘Nylon’, it is likely that the release will endeavour into coming of age, getting to know oneself and feeling comfortable in the fact that it’s time to grow up. It is a new direction for Kllo, and one that is very welcome.
Backwater is out 20th October and will be a collection of the electronic-dance, R&B and pop sounds we’ve all come to love. Also around this time, Kllo will be setting off for a world tour, the dates of which can be seen below.
18/10 – Chicago, Shubas
20/10 – Detroit, El Club
27/10 – Vancouver, Waldorf
28/10 – Seattle, VERA Project
1/11 – Los Angeles, The Resident
2/11 – San Francisco, Bottom of the Hill
4/11 – New York City, Elsewhere
5/11 – New York City, Berlin
12/11 – Madrid, Costello
13/11 – San Sebastian, Dabadaba
14/11 – Barcelona, Sidecar
16/11 – Paris, Supersonic
17/11 – Rotterdam, V11
18/11 – Brussels, [PIAS] Nites
20/11 – Amsterdam, The Sugar Factory
23/11 – London, XOYO
24/11 – Bristol, The Louisiana
25/11 – Manchester, The Soup Kitchen
27/11 – Glasgow, Broadcast
28/11 – Edinburgh, Sneaky Pete’s
29/11 – Leeds, Headrow House
30/11 – Nottingham, The Bodega
3/12 – Berlin, Badehaus
4/12 – Cologne, Yuca
5/12 – Hamburg, Haekken
8/12 – Sydney, Oxford Arts Factory
9/12 – Perth, Jack Rabbit Slim’s
14/12 – Brisbane, Woolly Mammoth
15/12 – Melbourne, Corner Hotel
16/12 – Adelaide, Fat Controller
1/1 – Melbourne, Let Them Eat Cake Festival
19/1 – Auckland, REC Bar
20/1 – Wellington, Caroline
2/2 – Adelaide, Laneway Festival
3/2 – Melbourne, Laneway Festival
4/2 – Sydney, Laneway Festival
10/2 – Brisbane, Laneway Festival
Ticketing details can be found at kllo.co
WORDS BY JULIE FENWICK