V88

ARTICLE JOHN NORRIS

PHOTOGRAPHY INEZ & VINOODH

STYLIST CARLYNE CERF DE DUDZEELE

CREDITS ARTICLE CONTENTS

FIRST LOOK: ANN DEMEULEMEESTER F/W '14

FIRST LOOK: ISSEY MIYAKE F/W '14

SAY LOU LOU

EXTRA CREDITS

Makeup Jeanine Lobell (Tim Howard Management)  Hair Jamis Pecis (D+V)  Manicure Jessica Washick for Deborah Lippmann (The Magnet Agency)  Lighting director Jodokus Driessen  Digital technician Brian Anderson  Studio manager Marc Kroop  VLM Print producer Jeff Lepine  Photo assistant Joe Hume  Stylist assistant Kate Grella Makeup assistant Setsuko Tate  Hair assistants Holly Mills, Tim aylward, Tailor Alberta Roc  Production Stephanie Bargas (theCollectiveShift)  Retouching Stereohorse Location Pier 59 Studios, New York  Catering Smile to Go

MORE TO LOVE

KATE & THE GYPSIES JAMES FRANCO: MILLENNIAL MAN THE SWIMSUIT ISSUE NOTORIOUS

SAY LOU LOU

PHOTOGRAPHY INEZ & VINOODH
FASHION CARLYNE CERF DE DUDZEELE
TEXT JOHN NORRIS

BEWITCHING GEMINI TWINS UNLEASH A NEW SOUND FROM SWEDEN


BUY V88 THE MUSIC ISSUE

LISTEN TO "EVERYTHING WE TOUCH"

More than 8,000 miles apart and maybe even farther in terms of temperament, Sweden and Australia are almost never thought of together. One context in which they might be, though, is Julian Assange—the Aussie founder of WikiLeaks, wanted by the Swedes and currently holed up in an embassy in London. The two countries also regularly come together in the form of pop music—many of the Top 40’s biggest producers hail from the Scandinavian country. Last year, Australian-Swedish duo Say Lou Lou happened to release a lovely, swirly slice of dreampop with a lyric about a man with secrets, in trouble, trying to make it across a border. It’s title? “Julian.” And yet, the girls insist, it had nothing to do with the Wiki man. 

“I know, people thought that!” laughs Elektra Kilbey. Her twin sister, Miranda, adds, “It’s so funny, other people said, ‘I know it’s about Julian Casablancas!’ We were like, ‘Um, no. But okay, it could be if you want it to!’” 

Whatever its inspiration, “Julian” is a woe-is-he stunner that together with the band’s moody woe-is-me debut single, 2012’s “Maybe You,” made Say Lou Lou (formerly Saint Lou Lou) an act to watch. A flurry of press, photo shoots, and appearances later, industry Goliath Columbia Records came calling. The label will release the sisters’ debut album in early summer, right around the time these Geminis (obvs) celebrate their twenty-third birthday. 

All the attention has taken the Kilbeys by surprise. While they originally toyed with the idea of making music six years ago, demoing several early tunes, the twins had put those tracks and dreams aside as something “for another life.” But then, two years ago, with the encouragement of a friend, they took another stab at it. “It just seemed to come out of nowhere,” admits Miranda. “When things started happening online, we just didn’t expect it. It was so weird and exciting, but we were just so unprepared. We had been in the studio, but we didn’t have any more songs. We hadn’t been on stage!”  

“We did everything backwards,” offers Elektra. “We were new to everything.”

“It feels like there is always more to be done,” she adds of the forthcoming LP. “But it’s our first record, so we want it to be right.” The girls, who admit to being “perfectionists,” have tapped Addeboy vs. Cliff, the northern Swedish team behind the 2009 electro club banger “Beep My Beep,” to be their sonic architects. On the songwriting front it’s ex-Brainpool singer Janne Kask who’s been Say Lou Lou’s right-hand man, having collaborated with the duo on its first few singles, including the sugary and explosive title track from last fall’s Better In the Dark EP and their expected next single, “Everything We Touch,” a song “about life’s guilty pleasures.”

But back to that binational heritage: truth be told, Say Lou Lou is probably more Sverige than Oz. The twins moved from Australia to Sweden at age four and spent their formative years there, including high school (they attended different ones), though they visited Down Under annually. They concede that their music is more Scandinavian cool than Aussie bold. “It’s a bit detached, and we like that,” explains Miranda, adding that they admire the nonchalance of their alt-pop countrymen the Cardigans, as well as British dreampop pioneers Cocteau Twins and Kate Bush (“she’s forestlike and magical,” says Elektra). If there’s an Aussie aspect to the sisters, it’s in their personalities. Shy and retiring Swedes they are not. “We have Swedish accents,” says Miranda. “But we have an Australian sense of humor. We can be silly, and we’re loud, and we talk a lot.” 

“We’ve been told off our whole lives for being that way!” says Elektra. “We love going to America and fighting for attention, which you have to there, because everyone wants to say something all the time!”

They’ll be getting that chance to speak up in the coming year, as a U.S. tour should accompany the album’s release. For now, the sisters admit that Say Lou Lou remains very much a work in progress. 

“We’re still exploring,” says Miranda. “Every morning we wake up and we’re like, ‘What is Say Lou Lou?’ We’re still defining our sound, and we’re definitely pushing ourselves to try new things.” 

BUY V88 THE MUSIC ISSUE


EXTRA CREDITS

Makeup Jeanine Lobell (Tim Howard Management)  Hair Jamis Pecis (D+V)  Manicure Jessica Washick for Deborah Lippmann (The Magnet Agency)  Lighting director Jodokus Driessen  Digital technician Brian Anderson  Studio manager Marc Kroop  VLM Print producer Jeff Lepine  Photo assistant Joe Hume  Stylist assistant Kate Grella Makeup assistant Setsuko Tate  Hair assistants Holly Mills, Tim aylward, Tailor Alberta Roc  Production Stephanie Bargas (theCollectiveShift)  Retouching Stereohorse Location Pier 59 Studios, New York  Catering Smile to Go

MORE TO LOVE

KATE & THE GYPSIES JAMES FRANCO: MILLENNIAL MAN THE SWIMSUIT ISSUE NOTORIOUS
Close page

YOU'VE GOT V-MAIL

SIGN UP TO RECEIVE UPDATES, ALERTS AND MORE FROM V MAGAZINE!

FacebookFACEBOOK
TwitterTWITTER
TumblrTUMBLR
PinterestPINTEREST
EmailEMAIL

V MAGAZINE|V MAGAZINE|SAY LOU LOU | V88 PHOTOGRAPHY INEZ & VINOODH | FASHION CARLYNE CERF DE DUDZEELE

FASHION INFO |SHARE | |CLOSE X

FacebookFACEBOOK
TwitterTWITTER
TumblrTUMBLR
PinterestPINTEREST
EmailEMAIL