Say Lou Lou and Chet Faker

Barely nine months has passed since twin-duo Elektra and Miranda did their first live performance ever. Critics are all over the hype and with no more than two songs released they’ve already made their name as the next big Scandinavian pop sensation with their dark and dreamy soundscape reminisce of long lost love-affair.

Radar met with Say Lou Lou after their performance on the first day of the Hultsfred festival. They’re feeling tired from the gig, and cold from the typical rainy, Swedish summer day.

Since we last talked Elektra and Miranda they’ve mostly been out of town.

– We just came home from the northern parts of Sweden where we’ve been working. It was great to be able to leave the studio early in the morning in broad daylight. The light was fantastic and it was a very inspiring trip, says Elektra.

– Having a record label allows us to better plan and set the framework for how we want to work. In the past we have been dependent on going to different producers’s studio. Now, when we’re more involved in the process, we can choose to work the way we think suits us best, explains Miranda.

Plans for the summer include working with different producers and writers, and yet more travels; London, Flen, and Los Angeles are first in line.

Which producers are you working with now?
– In Flen we will work with Janne Kask with whom we did Maybe You and Julian, but we’re also recording with Jocke Berg. We’ve worked with him before and it was a very successful collaboration. The songs are still in the making, and we hope to be able to feature them on our forthcoming album.

How would you describe your music to someone who has never heard it before?
– It’s hard to say since we haven’t released our first studio album yet, and we’re not actually sure of what we want to do. We have released three songs now, and it’s hard to ascribe them to a certain style of music. In the end, everything fits together, but it’s different parts of a spectra.

Say Lou Lou’s ambition is to do up-beat tracks with intensity, without losing the clean and unadorned sound so typical for Scandinavian pop. They want to mix live instruments, guitar, and drums with electronic elements and an organic nerve.

– We haven’t yet decided what songs we want to include on our album. I think it’ll be easier to explain the idea behind it, when the album is finished and we have a clearer picture of what we’ve done.

Illustration by Rebecka Tollens
Illustration by Rebecka Tollens

How involved are you in the creative process?
– We are very involved in the whole process, especially the song writing. We start off with bass, guitars and our voices, but the hard part is to make it sound like we want – happily that’s where the producers picks up, says Elektra.

– Each song is kind of like a doll, Miranda continues. We choose the appearances, the hair, and the skin tone, and the producers give them clothes to finish off the look.

Having been featured in Vogue Magazine as Artists of the Week with an accompanying editorial, the girls has been praised for their aesthetics, oozing late seventies and the fading disco era.

– Miranda is definitely the one of us who is more visually creative, whereas I like to take control when we’re in the studio. Nonetheless, it’s always a joint effort when we do something within the project. Our visual appearances is just as important as our music.

For their third single Julian, they once more chose to work with director Philippe Tempelman, the same man who did Say Lou Lou’s first video for Maybe You. The setting this time is however far from horse-riding, saving a South-African model from drowning, and the dreamy black and whitesque scenery we saw in the first video. Parental advisory is – short and sweet – the first thing we’re introduced to.

– With Julian we wanted to take a step back from the sugar sweet image people had of us. We felt that it was time to show a quite different side of us, and that we’re more than just two beautiful girls. Philippe is incredibly talented and manages to convey exactly what we want to say visually.

There are clear references to drug abuse and violence in the video, but the Kilbeys leave it for the viewer to interpret what’s being said.

– It’s not important to talk about what the music video is about. For us, it’s a piece of art, says Elektra. The viewer has to build their own opinion and make their own interpretation, even though there is a clear storyline behind it.

Miranda and Elektra recently released the b-side Fool of Me with Australian-soul-hunk Chet Faker, whose real name is Nick Murphy. He has recently gained internet fame from his cover of Blackstreet’s No Diggity.

The girls wrote the song late 2012, but soon discovered that they needed to complete the song with a male voice, as the song is told from two perspectives. Elektra and Miranda met Chet for the first time just two days before the show at Hultsfred.

– Because of our link to Australia, it felt natural to work with Chet. We sent him the song, he loved it, and recorded his part from Australia, so we actually never met before working together.

Chet Faker made a special appearances during Say Lou Lou’s concert at Hultsfred.

– We’ve had great fun together these the past two days. It feels like we’ve known him for years, just like one of our Australian friends. He is super talented, so nice, and could easily pass for our brother with his freckles.

If you missed Say Lou Lou, you get another chance to see them perform at the Malmö Festival and Stay out West in Gothenburg later this summer.