Kllo shares the Origins of its devastating new single “Dissolve”: Stream

Melbourne natives turn to the city of Edinburgh, PartyNextDoor, and challenging tour life for inspiration


    Photo by Haley Louise Brown

    Origins is a recurring new music feature in which an artist charts the influence of their latest hit single.

    After releasing two well-received EPs, 2014’s Cusp and last summer’s Well Worn, Melbourne’s Kllo set off on an extensive world tour. It was on there on the road that the electropop two-piece — comprised of cousins Chloe Kaul and Simon Lam — began piecing together its debut album, Backwater.

    Due out through Ghostly International (Matthew Dear, Com Truise) on October 20th, the record is very much a product of its environment: With Kllo jetting off from city to city for long stretches of time, feelings of isolation and unsettledness became the norm, and the relationships around them felt the strain of such a burden. The latter subject matter is explored on the group’s latest single, “Dissolve”, which Consequence of Sound is premiering today.

    Here, Kllo chronicle the slow collapse of a relationship which Kaul once described as “forever.” “Now I see we are breaking down,” she sings, hushed and icy but never once distant, “Now I don’t think we’ll make it/ Now we are close to dead and gone.” Her voice glides over Lam’s production, which draws from R&B and UK garage and is shifty in nature. The arrangement sounds like those nights spent half drunk on a dark dance floor, where moving your feet quickly somehow helps to keep the worries at bay. Taken as a whole, “Dissolve” is a portrait of quiet devastation, the kind you experience firsthand but can’t seem to stop.


    Hear it below.

    For our latest Origins feature, Kllo has offered up more background on the creation of “Dissolve”. Turns out a Scottish city and a Drake associate played an important part in the track’s evolution.


    We started writing “Dissolve” on the last tour. We had been on the road for about a month by then and had found ourselves in Edinburgh. It was so beautiful there, very picturesque and that sparked the creativity in us. After a day of walking around the city, we began writing this track in our hotel room.


    PartyNextDoor — PARTYNEXTDOOR 3

    We were obsessed with Rihanna’s “Work”, and found PND through that snapchat video that had the original playing in the back. He’d just released PND3 and we listened to it all through our tour. All the rhythms were really deep, and the production was so minimal, but wasn’t lacking in emotion. It definitely sparked the first demo of the track.


    This song was inspired by a bad skype call. Skyping is almost harder than not speaking at all on tour as it’s so disconnected. There’s no way to be intimate when talking to someone through a screen, so conversations can be misinterpreted and arguments left unsolved.

    Backwater Album Artwork:

    Backwater Tracklist:
    01. Downfall
    02. Still Motion
    03. Virtue
    04. Predicament
    05. Last Yearn
    06. Backwater
    07. Dissolve
    08. By Your Side
    09. Making Distractions
    10. Too Fast
    11. Nylon
    12. Not Like Them


    Kllo kick off a world tour next month with a stint in North America.

    Kllo 2017 Tour Dates:
    10/18 – Chicago, IL @ Schubas
    10/20 – Detroit, MI @ El Club
    10/27 – Vancouver, BC @ Waldorf
    10/28 – Seattle, WA @ VERA Project
    11/01 – Los Angeles, CA @ The Resident
    11/02 – San Francisco, CA @ Bottom of the Hill
    11/04 – Brooklyn, NY @ Elsewhere
    11/05 – New York, NY @ Berlin
    11/12 – Madrid, ES @ Costello
    11/13 – San Sebastian, ES @ Dabadaba
    11/14 – Barcelona, ES @ Sidecar
    11/16 – Paris, FR @ Supersonic
    11/17 – Rotterdam, NL @ V11
    11/18 – Brussels, BE @ Palais 12
    11/20 – Amsterdam, NL @ The Sugar FActory
    11/23 – London, UK @ XOYO
    11/24 – Bristol, UK @ The Louisiana
    11/25 – Manchester, UK @ The Soup Kitchen
    11/27 – Glasgow, UK @ Broadcast
    11/28 – Edinburgh, UK @ Sneaky Pete’s
    11/29 – Leeds, UK @ Headrow House
    11/30 – Nottingham, UK @ The Bodega
    12/03 – Berlin, DE @ Badehaus
    12/04 – Cologne, DE @ Yuca
    12/05 – Hamburg, DE @ Haekken
    12/08 – Sydney, AU @ Oxford Arts Factory
    12/09 – Perth, AU @ Jack Rabbit Slim’s
    12/14 – Brisbane, AU @ Woolly Mammoth
    12/15 – Melbourne, AU @ Corner Hotel
    12/16 – Adelaide, AU @ Fat Controller

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