Lucid Dreaming With Say Lou Lou’s Miranda & Elektra
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Twin sisters Miranda and Elektra Kilbey – aka Say Lou Lou, the musical duo previously known as Saint Lou Lou – are sitting in front of us at new West London restaurant West Thirty Six. Its townhouse setting provides the perfect location for a shoot by photographer Jukka Ovaskainen; the girls perfectly put together in rock star-worthy outfits that would make the cast of Almost Famous jealous.
The offspring of Aussie rock band Church’s frontman, Steve Kilbey, and Swedish musician Karin Jansson, Miranda and Elektra couldn’t be anything other than cool. But, with their debut album Lucid Dreaming released this week, just how much of an influence have their famous parents had over their musical style? We found out…
MTV UK: You’ve just shot the video for your new single, ‘Nothing But A Heartbeat’. What can you tell us about it?
Miranda: Rather than just a video for the new single, ‘Nothing But A Heartbeat’, it’s kind of a music video for the album Lucid Dreaming. It’s based on lucid dreams, being awake when you’re dreaming and controlling your dreams. Not knowing if you’re dreaming.
Elektra: Yeah, and kind of being freaked out.
Miranda: And also a bit about sisterhood.
MTV UK: Do you think the track sums up Lucid Dreaming as a whole when you’ve chosen to give it this video?
Miranda: I guess it depends who you ask. This song is the most euphoric pop climax-y song we have to date and we wanted to give people that.
MTV UK: What have each of your most lucid dreams been about?
Miranda: I did dream last night that we were in Eurovision. I dream so much. I have my most lucid dreams when I nap
Elektra: Or when I’m hungover and fall asleep.
Miranda: When you’re in that place, you’re just about to fall asleep, and you start dreaming before you close your eyes. Does that ever happen to you guys? That space. You have the most vivid, f**ked up dreams.
I often dream that we’re in a strange situation, standing on stage and the stage is made of rubber, so you just keep falling back and forth. Or we can’t talk, or when we sing into the mic, something else comes out.
When we were in my Eurovision Song Contest dream, there were all these good artists like Jose Gonzalez and Marina And The Diamonds, and then I had an encounter with Jane Birkin. She took me for a walk around her house and I got to borrow her clothes.
MTV UK: If only!
Elektra: I have sleep paralysis, when your body is still asleep, but your mind wakes up before your body does. It’s only for a split second, but it’s the most freaky thing, like you’re stuck in your own body. It mostly happens when you’re stressed out or have been on a bender.
MTV UK: Coming from such a musical family, do you think your parents’ bands have influenced your sound at all?
Miranda: It’s hard to say, because I don’t think our music sounds very much like them, but it definitely has. The way we look at music and songwriting.
Elektra: The way we speak about music.
Miranda: What music we listen to. Mum’s music career was very punk and very feminist, and I think we’ve incorporated that into our souls, where as to Dad there was an ethereal rock thing that we’ve also taken.
MTV UK: Who would you say are your biggest influences musically?
Elektra: We would say that our biggest influences and inspirations – not that I’d ever claim that we sound anything like them – but we’re inspired by the essence of everyone from Kate Bush to PJ Harvey. Kate Bush is definitely our core idol. Jeff Buckley, Bowie, The Cardigans, Bat For Lashes. Everything.
Miranda: Even Nina Simone, people that sound nothing like us and are from completely different genres, but you can pick up a piece of their essence.
MTV UK: You spent time in both Australia and Sweden growing up, but where do you identify with most as ‘home’?
Miranda: Environmentally I guess Sweden, because we lived our most formative years there, but the Australian sense of humour and way of making friends is much more us.
MTV UK: Which weather do you prefer?
Elektra: Australian. Any day.
Miranda: I do like a nice winter’s day when it’s Christmas and New Year, and it’s really white, it’s not wet. It’s really beautiful for a day or two. But I hate winter really.
MTV UK: Going back to some of your older music, we loved ‘Better In The Dark’, but can you tell us three things that are better in the dark?
Miranda: Besides obvious things that are better in the dark, though those things don’t HAVE to be better in the dark, I think drinking alcohol in the dark.
Elektra: Definitely drinking alcohol.
Miranda: We have to say the obvious; generally speaking sex is better in the dark. Some relationships are better in the dark, that’s the core essence of the song, because some relationships don’t really stand the test of daytime.
Elektra: I think glamour, glitter and decadence are better in the dark.
Miranda: Music is better in the dark!
Miranda: Concerts are better in the dark. Seeing a band in daytime in summer can be really off-putting, as can playing in the daytime, but night time with a starry sky? Perfect.
MTV UK: We’re shooting portraits today, so Elektra, how would you describe Miranda’s style in three words?
Elektra: Sporty, sixties, French.
MTV UK: And Miranda on Elektra?
Miranda: Feminine, glamour puss and sometimes extremely lazy and sloppy. [Speaking to Elektra] You’re the person who can make the biggest transformation in an hour. I come to your house and you’re all puffy and swollen with the ugliest, oldest T-shirt on that you’ve worn for 13 years, and those ugly pyjama pants mum bought you with zombies and hearts on them, and these big pink fluffy socks with aloe vera in them. Then 20 minutes later you come down with some make-up and your hair all shaken out and a perfect outfit on.
MTV UK: What would you say have been your biggest fashion disasters?
Miranda: They haven’t been caused by us. They’ve been caused by other people dressing us, then us trying to divert the disaster and it hasn’t been possible. Then it gets caught on camera and you can never get it off the internet ever again.
Elektra: It has happened a few times.
Miranda: And we’re like ‘what the f**k?’