While the big arena concerts are an experience themselves, sometimes it’s the smaller-scale concerts that really are the best. This past Sunday, Swedish-Australian sister duo Say Lou Lou rolled into town for the first time, playing the ever-small Media Club here in Vancouver.
The night began in green-tinged darkness with quick flashes of light before twins Miranda and Elektra Kilbey took the the stage with their band. “Vancouver! Let’s get these vibes up,” said Elektra of the super chill atmosphere in the not-so-packed venue. Dressed head to toe in retro fashions, Miranda and Elektra started the night with their debut LP Lucid Dreaming‘s opening track, “Everything We Touch”.
Upping the dance vibes, “Glitter” and the Lindstrøm-laden “Games for Girls” followed, with the girls asking the audience to move a little more to these dancier tunes. It definitely took a bit of warming up before the crowd got moving, but as usual, the keen fans up front made up for those who remained on the fringes of the venue.
As Miranda and Elektra performed their set, they often took the time to share stories and experiences between songs. One particular story came before their performance of the slow-building “Beloved”. The song was written two years ago when the sisters were living in London and felt torn at their previous record label. What they were writing and recording hadn’t impressed their label execs and this song emerged from those feelings of frustration.
The girls continued with one of their bigger tracks, “Julian”, asking the audience to sing along, and then granted a special concertgoer’s request for them to sing “Love is the Loneliest Place”, a bonus cut from Lucid Dreaming. After a couple more songs and a brief break, the set ended with “Better in the Dark”.
If there’s one takeaway from Say Lou Lou’s gig in Vancouver, it would be that “twintuition” is real. Miranda and Elektra finished each other’s sentences and were so in sync during their set, often looking at each in the eyes as they danced along to their tracks. I can’t speak for everyone else in the audience, but seeing these twins made me wish that I, too, had my own twin with whom I could share such experiences.