Icelandic artist KRISTRÚN compels throughout her debut EP Covet, spanning from delectably unsettling industrial darkness to dreamier pop pursuits. A resonating production is showcased alongside lyrical themes of “heartbreak, jealousy, & loneliness.”

The EP’s title track opens with eerie enticement. “Poison through your bloodstream,” lyrical imagery expands into a feverish percussive pit-pattering, as the ghostly vocals continue to take hold. The ghostly intrigue swells into an industrial electro-pop bustling, as the track firmly showcases the project’s tonal range — from dreamy eeriness to reveberating industrial-pop infection.

“Safe” succeeds with a more vibrant vocal lead, expressive in its elongated tonal approach alongside glistening synths and a stirring vocal refrain at the two-minute mark. A brighter pop-forward stylishness succeeds there, with the dreamy engrossment also apparent in the subsequent “You,” where haunting vocals soar alongside clanking percussion and nocturnal synths. And then there’s “SMFMS,” a delightful excursion into definitive dream-pop territory. “Exhumed” closes the EP with strong impact, shifting between menacing synth buzzing and grippingly serene vocals. The Covet EP presents a strongly memorable blend of atmosphere and dark-pop adventuring.

“Covet” and other tracks featured this month can be streamed on the updating Obscure Sound’s ‘Emerging Singles’ Spotify playlist.

We discovered this release via MusoSoup, as part of the artist’s promotional campaign.

Mike Mineo

I'm the founder/editor of Obscure Sound, which was formed in 2006. Previously, I wrote for PopMatters and Stylus Magazine.

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