If you’re looking for some sultry tunes to spin on these somber 2020 nights, the sophomore album, Maybe We Could, from Melbourne-based duo Kllo more than delivers. Vocalist Chloe Kaul and producer Simon Lam are masters at striking a balance between speedy club beats and ambient synth. These same sounds that defined their 2017 breakout album, Backwater, have been graduated to deep, richly layered tones on Maybe We Could. There is an overall languid, yet seductive mood to the album that beckons the listener to pour a cool, stiff drink and listen as the moon rises on a hazy, summer evening.
The first three songs on the album stood out the most to me, enough so that I’ve been listening to them on repeat for the past week. The top two tracks “Cursed” and “Still Here” ease the listener into the album via dreamy reverb that intertwines seamlessly with Kaul’s clear, floaty vocals.
Track three “Insomnia” transitions into a sexy, almost R&B-styled vibe. Still keeping with the Kllo theme of electronic ambiance, “Insomnia” adds a dash of slow bass that will make you want to turn up the speakers, set aside the cool drink you were holding earlier, and pull someone close. “I don’t get alone at day/ Get it on a midnight song/ Rear light on a bedtime thought/ Fast, like I’m tumbling up,” Kaul sings in a smoky refrain.
Overall, these songs are a prelude for what is to come on the rest of the album: smooth melodies that pleasantly sedate the listener and transport them to a higher realm.
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