“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.