Having grown up splitting time between Sweden and Australia, twin sisters Elektra and Miranda Kilbey formed Say Lou Lou in 2012. The girls were born of members of Australian band The Church and Swedish new-wave group Pink Champagne, so it’s no surprise they turned out to be industrious musicians themselves, having just released their debut album on their own label.
The Guardian encompasses Say Lou Lou’s sound quite well: “a dark dream pop duo with sonic nods to Bats For Lashes, fellow Swedes Lykke Le and Abba, 80s new-wave and melodramatic tATu-esque balladry.” Initially, the girls rejected any forays into the musical world, resisting because it seemed too easy and they had seen the darker side of an artistic lifestyle: “‘the lack of life routine, of never finding security, of [family] always being away on tour and always missing someone.'” However, they’ve fallen into music with almost a sense of inevitability, with how seamlessly and smoothly they create together.
They’re influenced by their sisterhood, a relationship that knows no boundaries and keeps no secrets, particularly in their songwriting. Their global upbringing tinges their gloomy pop music in an obvious way too. They admit that a collective childhood spent crossing oceans between dark, icy Scandinavia and bright Australian beaches, and constantly wanting the opposite, influences in their music with a sense of melancholia and dislocation. This is evidence enough of their talent: few can imagine what this sort of upbringing would be like, but they capture it so well that we can nearly empathize.
Their synth-drenched first record Lucid Dreaming has met positive reviews, unsurprising considering the hype they captured with their first singles and their victory in the great genetic lottery. But it’s not only their immense talent–they brought in impressive artists to collaborate with them: Liam Howe (FKA Twigs), Hannah Robinson (Lana Del Rey), Jim Eliot (Ellie Goulding), and Norwegian producer Lindstrøm. All in all, it seems like the combination of fate and the girls’ own hard work and drive amalgamated perfectly into a killer first record. We can’t wait for their sold out show at Baby’s All Right.