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Australian-Swedish twin-sister duo Say Lou Lou are often compared to Abba, but their roots to the '80s go much deeper than that since they're the daughters of The Church's Steve Kibley. It's admirable that Elektra and Miranda strive to create a sound that isn't really around anymore, but maybe that's why it doesn't totally work. Perhaps they didn't get the hint that disco died at the homecoming dance and society wants to keep it that way.

As depicted in their debut album Lucid Dreaming, Say Lou Lou's version of pop music is a dreamy, synthesized whirlwind. It's the kind of music you'd have playing in your Lifetime movie when it gets to the enchanting period of your teenage years as you enter your roaring twenties (as in you've finally gotten over the most awkward stage of your adolescent life, but you still can't shake off a few insecurities.) This is a bit off topic, but I really felt like the tracks on this album could have been used in the soundtrack for the Divergent series-- songs like the opener 'Everything We Touch' really channel a dystopian drama vibe. 'Glitter' is a bit of a sleeper, something that would sound better in the dark while you're tipsy in the club.

'Games for Girls (feat. Lindstrøm)' has a young spirit to it-- feeding off that jubilant energy will surely entice a dance party wherever it's played. It'll make you crave for the good old days in your youth when everyone threw co-ed birthday parties at the local roller skating rink. It's a bit of a tease, in the metaphorical and literal sense. The track is followed by 'Julian', a slow jam that refuses to burn out (this is not a compliment.) 'Angels (Above Me)' has a strangely monotone vibe going for as it opens with the following verse: "We can talk about sex, we can talk about love/ but all I wanna know is what you're thinking of/ Are we really who we pretend to be?/ I don't know you and you don't know me." It's the kind of song that would come on when you realize that the person you met on Tinder isn't who they claimed to be on their profile, but you already hooked up so there's no going back. The chorus is more uplifting as the sisters harmonize, but it doesn't quite match with the rest of the song so it's easy to tune out.

'Peppermint' is another track that the sisters sort of talk you through, but it's much more appealing as the piano creates a delicate touch of intimacy (it almost sounds like it could be a tossed out MØ recording.) 'Beloved' will recapture your attention too, with whispering vocals and soft synths. 'Hard for a Man' immediately turned me off, but only because it feels like an excuse. Whoever inspired this song seems like, for lack of a better word, an asshole. There's this saying, "be honest, be tender, be kind," but in relation to this song, it seemed more suitable to behave in the opposite manner. Again, there wasn't much context there though.

The video description for 'Nothing but a Heartbeat' is the following: "nightmares and sisterhood. religion and insanity. waking and sleeping. dark and light. welcome inside our lucid dreams..." It's one of the darker tracks and it reminds me of the heartbreaking moment when you find out that Disney sugarcoated your favorite fairytale and the real ending is actually super fucked up (shoutouts to the Grimms brothers for always keeping their stories 100.) When we interviewed Elektra and Miranda about the video, they said that the whole concept revolved around the action of lucid dreaming wherein you wake up, but you're not sure if you're still in the dream or in reality. "We gotta keep on moving on and on/ We gotta keep on moving to stay strong," they sing in 'Skylights'. Clearly, the sisters are chasing after something, most likely answers to questions that are better off unsaid.

There are a select few tracks on Lucid Dreaming that you'll be delighted to include on a party playlist, but this isn't an album that you'll be playing on loop. My interpretation for the story within the album is that of a woman struggling to grow up and accept her reality-- she wants to believe in happily ever afters, but deep down she's aware that this is not how life really works. People can be cruel and disappointing, but for Say Lou Lou, no one's going to take away their shine. At the very least, Say Lou Lou's sound is consistent from beginning to end. Here's to hoping that their next record will show more growth on an artistic and personal level.

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