2017 brought Kllo's full-length debut, Backwater, a refined, coming-of-age account celebrating ephemeral and enduring changes in emotion. Songs were written partially on the road and developed back in Melbourne at Lam's bungalow, a haven that harbors creative spontaneity and catharsis. With more room to breathe in the LP format, Kaul's smoky voice emanated with assurance and leisure above brooding, steely undercurrents hemmed with charming crescendos. The New York Times summed up the sound: “Euphoric, quick-stepping production, which bridges fiery garage and joyous disco.”
In the spring of 2018, they released the one-off single, "Potential," capturing "the gnawing anxiety and deep yearning of unrequited love," said Pitchfork. Their most tender and bittersweet composition to date, the downtempo piano ballad confidently expresses where they’ve been since Backwater and hints at where they may head next.