kristin kontrol

Kristin Kontrol – X-Communicate

Kristin Kontrol represents not so much an artistic pivot as a quantum leap for Kristin “Dee Dee” Welchez, formerly of Dum Dum Girls. Where that project channeled the peppy vocal harmonies and thwacked tambourines of ’60s girl groups, Kristin Kontrol fast-forwards two decades and then blasts into the stratosphere from there. Eighties synth-pop provides the foundation for “X-Communicate,” the first single from her upcoming LP; the springy cushion of bass arpeggios, synth pads, and ringing guitars smartly borrows from Hi-NRG acts like Evelyn Thomas and Bananarama as well as sleek, wavy brooders like New Order and Pet Shop Boys. But the results are far too opulent to scan as merely retro. If “X-Communicate” were a look on “Project Runway,” it’d find Nina Garcia gushing about how expensive it sounds.