Backwater
Kllo - Backwater
Critic Score
Based on 8 reviews
2017 Rank: #398 / 623
User Score
Based on 24 ratings
October 20, 2017 / Release Date
LP / Format
Ghostly International / Label
Art Pop / Genres
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CRITIC REVIEWS

85
The Line of Best Fit

If Backwater, made across the world and somehow pulled together back in Lam's Melbourne studio, is what Kllo can achieve in the eye of the storm then whatever comes next has to be worth looking out for.

80
PopMatters

Backwater is a fantastic debut album from a duo who have prioritized their sound over chart baiting success. The result is a mature, subtle record ready for dancefloors and living rooms alike and a testament to the ever-strengthening Australian electronic scene.

75
Paste

Backwater might just reel in listeners strongly enough that they take deep dives into each and every track individually. And even then, Kllo’s mystery remains intact.

75
The 405

Kllo’s Backwater outlines the struggles of being idle and being pushed outside your comfort zone. This being their most complete and mature release, the band’s creative dynamic remains organic, allowing them to adjust themselves to a rhythm of their choosing, as they evolve as musicians and as a two-piece band with a wide range of possibilities.

70
XLR8R
Kllo have created a gossamer dreamscape of a world, and it’s a gorgeous place to dwell for a while.
70
Exclaim!

Backwater is a mature, rich effort that's likely to see Kllo continue on their ascent.

70
Clash

The pair have made a name for themselves in the last couple of years with their captivating blend of 2-step rhythms and tender R&B vocals, and this is on offer in abundance on ‘Backwater’.

63
Pitchfork

The Australian duo’s debut full length features warm, pleasing vocal lines and electro-pop beats, but it never coheres to tell the kind of story they want to tell.

Nov 4, 2017
55
Abandoning their more diverse earlier efforts, Kllo's debut LP settles for half-hearted soul-y electropop that feels both lyrically and sonically worn out.
Oct 30, 2017
HighClouds
55
Kllo‘s “Backwater” is a frustratingly teasing debut album by a band that still seems to be unsure about their identity.

FULL REVIEW: http://www.highclouds.org/review-kllo-backwater/
Track List
  1. Downfall
  2. Still Motion
  3. Virtue
  4. Predicament
  5. Last Yearn
  6. Backwater
  7. Dissolve
  8. By Your Side
  9. Making Distractions
  10. Too Fast
  11. Nylon
  12. Not Like Them


Added on: October 16, 2017