Kristin Kontrol – X-Communicate

Anyone whose life has been changed by the pop heroines of the ’80s, this song is for you. Kristin Welchez, who’s best known as Dee Dee of Dum Dum Girls, is one of us and ready to pay her tribute. Shed the serious black habit of rock band leader, she has morphed into the shinier Kristin Kontrol.

“X-Communicate” is the first taste of the eponymous album, a collection of ten tracks which take all kinds of ’81\’95 musical amazingness and bring it to the next level. Immaculate synth-pop with a dark lining, the song conveys wild images of classic ’80s hits flirting with danger. It could be Taylor Dayne covering Siouxsie and the Banshees, a Kate Bush\New Order joint venture, Pat Benatar with a softer glittery edge, Kim Wilde being herself or ’86 Madonna ditching Patrick Leonard and Stephen Bray in favour of more post-punk sensibilities. Despite the references rooted deep in the past, “X-Communicate” doesn’t sound like a tired rehash of old sounds. It has a certain modern sleekness to it, a layer of polished titanium that keeps it smooth and spotless. It’s streamlined retro, pop engineered so perfectly it would make a Swede turn green with envy.

“X-Communicate” is out May 27th on Sub Pop. Read more on Kristin and her new musical effort here.

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