Kllo Comes ‘Back to You’ at Brooklyn’s Elsewhere Hall

The Australian duo brings their R&B-infused sounds to the first stop of their world tour’s U.S. leg.


Emma Li

Kllo’s concert at Elsewhere. (Photo by Emma Li)

By Emma Li, Contributing Writer

Melbourne, Australia-based electronic duo Kllo played to a packed house at Brooklyn’s Elsewhere Hall on Saturday night, mesmerizing a passionate crowd that knew much of their discography by heart.

The evening’s opening act was another duo, Haulm, whose synth-pop beats painted atmospheric soundscapes that blended into the multicolored visuals projected on stage. Vocalist and composer JT Norton performed alongside producer Reed Kackley and the two carried the audience through waves of minimal compositions that aptly primed them for Kllo.

After a brief set break, Kllo’s vocalist Chloe Kaul and producer Simon Lam emerged onto the stage. They dove right into the melancholy of their popular 2018 single “Candid,” a sentimental continuation of their usual hybrid of rhythm and blues and U.K. garage. Before long, the two melted into the tracklist of their debut album as the stage lights shone a brilliant, cool blue that evoked the image of stagnant backwater, the namesake of their 2017 album.

Between songs, Kaul repeatedly shared her gratitude for the fans who made it to the show and reached out to grab the hands of some outstretched arms. At one point, she turned the spotlight on Lam, who humbly accepted the crowd’s cheers and applause. 

Kllo made sure to treat their fans with a performance of “Back to You,” released less than a month ago, and the forerunner of an album anticipated for next year. The track sees Kaul and Lam taking an old-school approach with the incorporation of cassettes and old samplers, eliciting an early 2000s vibe that is representative of their upcoming work. Much to the crowd’s satisfaction, Kllo closed with their most popular track, “Virtue,” a bass-lined tune that’s more dense and sonically heavy.

In half a decade, Kllo has grown into an international act, performing on festival stages like Splendour in the Grass and Primavera Sound across Australia and Europe. The duo’s Elsewhere performance marked their first return to New York City since their international tour last October, and booking the roomy Hall is evidence of Kllo’s growing popularity as more fans become attracted to their ever-maturing music.

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