Kristin Kontrol is the new moniker of Dum Dum Girls’ centerpiece Dee Dee, aka Kristin Welchez. The new formation finds Welchez taking a 90º turn into a sugary synth-pop sound. Of the new album X-Communicate, Welchez describes taking inspiration from her earliest idols. “The first music I really identified as my own was very poppy, classic 80s, from Debbie Gibson and Tiffany to Janet Jackson and Madonna…I didn’t want to make another rock’n’roll record.”

As sad as we are to contemplate a finite end to the Dum Dum Girls catalog, we are just as excited to embrace this new chapter of a truly great artist. Sample the title track from the forthcoming album below.

X-Communicate is out May 27 on Sub Pop.

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