Live Photos: Kristin Kontrol Unleashes a Synth-Pop Epiphany at Brooklyn Steel

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Live Photos: Kristin Kontrol Unleashes a Synth-Pop Epiphany at Brooklyn Steel

Kristin Kontrol’s show last Saturday at East Williamsburg venue Brooklyn Steel represented a benchmark of bittersweet goodbyes and promising futures. Her performance preceded the final show of Chairlift before members Caroline Polachek and Aaron Pfenning graduate to new projects. But as the intellectual indie stalwarts had reached the end of a creative cycle, Kontrol is reveling in the infant stages of her latest musical incarnation. From roughly 2008 to 2014, Kristin (née Gundred) fronted the reverb-soaked ‘60s pop outfit Dum Dum Girls. As Kristin Kontrol, she now welds slick synths, drum machines and the occasional horn section, resulting in addictively polished new wave/R&B dives. Paste photographer Drew Reynolds spent the day with Kontrol, capturing sound check, some portraits and her smoke-and-neon-filled gig. Kristin Kontrol is playing select shows in May.

Song Highlights
“Concrete Love” (New Track)
“Show Me”
“X-Communicate”