Wednesday, 15 June 2016

Down Under Double Play: The Marlenes - Kllo

The Marlenes - My Blue Eyes.

Background promo - The Marlenes are a 3-piece Garage/Indie/Surf-Pop band from the Mornington Peninsula formed in 2014. Drawing on influences from 60’s Soul and Rock ’n’ Roll, as well Psychedelic and Punk, they bring a fun sound that is full of catchy melodies. 

They have just recorded their debut album Crawl Out Your Window at the Creme de la Groove Studio in Langwarrin. It follows their 2015 release Jumpin’ Cliffs, a 5 song EP which managed to get some airplay around the country with their single “Cakewalk”.

My Blue Eyes” is the first single from the new album. Recorded and produced by The Marlenes, the song is reminiscent of the early The Strokes, with a surf vibe thanks to reverb drenched lead guitars, and harmonicas. They will be playing a run of shows throughout Melbourne from June onwards.“My Blue Eyes” will be released on the 17th June and the album “Crawl Out Your Window” will be released 1st of July 2016.

Upcoming Shows:
Sat 25th June – The Last Chance Rock & Roll Bar (Matinee Show), North Melbourne VIC
Sat 30th July – Wesley Anne, Northcote VIC.

'My Blue Eyes' is a good example of what to expect on the forthcoming album. The band have a fairly unique sound identity, and the songs are typically punchy, and with the power you would expect from a three piece rock band. It's a collection of short, sharp, catchy, and enjoyable songs, all of which should appeal to a wide range of tastes, from punk to surf pop fans.


Kllo - Walls To Build.

Background promo - Melbourne duo Kllo has unveiled a new single from their forthcoming [PIAS] Different Recordings debut EP, Well Worn.  “Walls To Build” melds Simon Lam's synth lines with Chloe Kaul's vapor-trailed verses. It’s the follow up to lead single “Bolide,” which set Kllo storming out of the gates, putting them in rotation at Australian radio, picking up spins on BBC Radio 1 and KCRW, and earning praise from The Guardian, The Sunday Times, DIY, The 405, Complex, XLR8R and more.

Things happen so fast these days that Kllo barely had a Facebook page or a proper song before a wave of interest began to build around their breakthrough EP, Cusp. What a telling record title; in the year since its release, cousins Simon Lam and Chloe Kaul have played sold-out shows and festival slots throughout Australia (Dark Mofo, Splendour in the Grass and Melbourne Music Week among many others) and overseas (The Great Escape, Primavera Sound), racked up millions of plays on Spotify, and landed on several Artists to Watch lists.

Well Worn is out August 5th on Ghostly International (North America), [PIAS] Different Recordings (UK/Europe/Japan) and Good Manners Records (AU/NZ/ROW). Pre-order now (here). 

The new song 'Walls To Build' is really getting noticed with close to 15 thousand plays in the first couple of days. That's hardly surprising as Kllo just ooze quality and skillful production within their music. Keeping it simple, it's a superbly crafted and delightful listen.


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