Entries in Ghostly International (3)


Kllo: 'Backwater'

Ever since 2014's Cusp Kllo have been turning heads with that sound that seems like a dream.  Cousins Chloe Kaul and Simon Lam later followed their debut with Well Worn, released last year.  Backwater is their first full length album, complete with songs written on the road and fully realized in Lam's studio.  The result is an album that reflects the duo's adjustment to a great deal of external change.  While change is something we all deal with, the added notoriety due to the success of Kllo adds a great deal more to the challenges of growing up.

Backwater begins with 'Downfall', one of the singles and also the recently released video.  The poignant clip gives the viewer a closer look at the duo.  As the journey winds down they stumble upon a burning sugar field.  The video and the song are poignant in that they reflect the change, and stepping forward in some new form, into a new chapter.  It's a breathtaking song that truly only begins to sink in after enough plays that it gets stuck in your head. 

Where Kllo's music has held a dreamlike quality since the beginning, with Backwater it evolves into something meditative.  Whether it's 'Still Motion' in your headphones or 'Virtue' in a dark club where you have no choice but to feel the music, it invites you to participate in something rare.  Alone, or in a crowd these songs feel like they're tailor made for the listener.  In sharing their challenging experiences and doing so with determination to create and thrive Kllo have made music that can provide the same desired effect for the listener.

'Last Yearn' captures a longing we've probably all felt, but can scarcely describe.  'By Your Side' is potentially the finest example of the musical chemistry the cousins share, with Lam's production and Kaul's voice fitting together so perfectly you can't always tell where one ends and the other begins.  Perhaps that's the beauty of Backwater, the music leads you to a meditative state, calm even when the songs are energetic.

Kllo have captured their evolution beautifully on the 12 songs comprising Backwater.  The album is a journey you'll want to take again and again.  Much like a dream the details may fade when it's over, but that elusiveness will only draw you back time and again.

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Kllo 'Well Worn' EP



Kllo made a beautiful collection of songs. They named it 'Well Worn' and released it on the legendary imprint Ghostly International.

What happens when you press play is something you won't be ready for. You'll be in the zone. Instantly. Their hypnotizing, soulful sound is a blend of a dozen genres and influences, and ultimately sounds like only Kllo could. But hey, just for fun - it reminds us of if Jacques Greene or Sbtrkt spent a week in the studio with Little Dragon or Andreya Triana.

'Well Worn' is a sonic journey through a variety of tempos and moods, but it remains very uplifting and optimistic - and of course has us on the edge of our seats for whatever they will come up with next. 'On My Name' is a brilliantly crafted fusion of dizzying drums, subtle but gigantic wobbly bass, perfect keys and mesmerizing vocals. It's truly one of the greatest tracks of 2016.

Kllo have certainly made their mark with these five brilliant tracks. Like we said before - anticipation is through the roof for whatever insanity will come after this. But until then, and forever - we will be loving this music right here.

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Beacon: Escapements

Beacon's 'Escapements' is a perfectly mellow, calm listen.  The patient, yet dynamic arrangements and the unpredictable songwriting create an atmosphere of possibility.  It's as though this album could go anywhere, do anything, and it would make sense.  'IM U' opens softly, the records beginnings showing you what it's made of, and just a glimpse of the depth.  

The true beauty of 'Escapements' is that it continually feels like a chance to escape, to dive deeper into something new and unexplored.  'Backbone' picks up the tempo from the album's opener, and makes it quite easy to get lost in this record.  The group has said they felt liberated approaching this record after touring relentlessly in support of 'The Ways We Separate'.  After taking that music all over, it became clear that they only had one place to put their focus.  That is upon what's next...

It's a fitting description for Beacon and their music.  The title comes from a mechanism used the function of clocks and watches.  Precise elements of machinery that allow time to be measured by exact measurements.  'Escapements' measures the progress of Beacon, and the listener will find it has the same effect for them.  As it draws to an end with 'You're Wondering', it comes as you try to understand what you've just experienced and what could possibly come next.  The truth is, we'll likely only fully grasp the greatness of this record when they are on to the next one in the years to come...

Get 'Escapements' by Beacon on iTunes