Sometimes you have to rip it up and start again.
After eight years as the driving force behind internationally-acclaimed rock outfit Dum Dum Girls, Kristin stepped out from behind the pseudonym. More quantum leap than artistic pivot, she recorded her solo debut in collaboration with producers Kurt Feldman (Ice Choir, Depreciation Guild) and Andrew Miller (UUV, Hunny).
X-Communicate was released via Sub Pop in May 2016 to high critical praise.
Highlighting the singular quality of Kristin’s voice and songwriting, the album moves effortlessly between tempo and mood, using genre rather than adhering to it.
“X-Communicate does what pop songs do best: it takes a moment and blows it up to its largest possible size for all to enjoy.”—Pitchfork
“She’s hitting reset, forcing us to rise to the occasion and see female creators as something more than our preconceptions.”—MTV News
“There are sparkly synth ballads and icy New Wave tunes, and Welchez finds her inner Kate Bush behind the microphone. But it all makes sense because the whole record is so relentlessly, meticulously catchy that it coheres in ways few albums this varied could.”—Los Angeles Times
“A collection of pulsing synths, bouncing beats and empowering vocals, X-Communicate may have seen Kristin Kontrol strip away her former image, but it’s left the singer’s sonic presence stronger than ever.”—Clash
“X-Communicate…is one of the best pop albums of 2016.” —Idolator
“Drastic shifts like this aren’t easy to pull off, but Welchez has the chops and talent to succeed with Kristin Kontrol.”
—Consequence of Sound
“X- Communicate and the evolution into Kristin Kontrol show Welchez becoming an absolute machine when it comes to hooks.”—Stereogum
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