Film noir chic delivered with pop grace...

It’s been three years since twin sisters Miranda Anna and Elektra June Kilbey-Jansson, aka Say Lou Lou, released their debut album ‘Lucid Dream’. Since then, they’ve decamped to LA, changed the script a bit and emerged with a new sound and album.

Opening track ‘Ana’ starts with glorious strings, aching piano before swerving into what a Portishead Bond theme might sound like. It announces that Say Lou Lou are the same band that released ‘Lucid Dream’, but they’ve upped their songwriting game and given these new songs a cinematic sheen. It works. ‘Ana’ is one of the strongest openers this year.

‘Limbo’ is the track that fully realises this new vein of songwriting. Breathy vocals and a captivating drum loop draw you in before Arabian horns gently sway in front of you, but it’s the final third that really delivers the knockout blow. Huge swaths of strings appear from nowhere and ‘Limbo’ lives up to its name.

‘Under The Milky Way’ offers moments of contemplation, as Say Lou Lou question what a partner really wants. ‘Immortelle’ is a glorious collection of skewed pop songs that ooze film noir chic. There is sensuality to the arrangements and vocals, but just bubbling underneath an element of danger. Much like the on screen femme fatale, you fall under the songs under their spell, but its only when you realise you’re in too deep, a delicate melody or huge string section stops you in your tracks and you’re back under its control again.


Words: Nick Roseblade

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