After their impressive entrance into the music landscape in 2014, Kllo are putting the finishing touches on new material set to skyrocket the promising duo back into the spotlight. The musical collaboration of Melbourne cousins Simon Lam and Chloe Kaul generated considerable buzz worldwide with the release of their debut EP Cusp, a pertinent name for an act with such promise.
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 since their debut headline show less than a year ago (a sold-out launch at Melbourne venue Boney). After a string of festival performances (Bigsound, Melbourne Music Week, Strawberry Fields and Beyond the Valley among others), they debuted a new live set-up earlier this year as they provided ample support for UK star SOHN on his Australian tour.
Things then ramped up in May-June, as the guys spent a month on the road in Europe. Playing at the Great Escape and Liverpool Sound City festivals (as well as stand-alone shows in the UK), they finished off the tour with a crowded, sunset performance at Primavera Sound in Barcelona.
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.