Whether she’s backed by a full band or performing solo, Kristeen Young unlocks a puzzle box of dense, intricate sounds and surreal, allusive lyrics. On her latest album, The SubSet, the singer-keyboardist-producer crafts a disparate range of moods and textures, from the glittery dance-pop of “Pretty Twogether” and the funky “Distraction Breakdown” to much stranger landscapes, such as the enigmatic new-music chimes of “Marine Dad” and the undulating twists and turns of “Less Than.” Some tracks, such as “St. Even,” are overtly beautiful, as Young unfurls her pliable, soaring vocals dreamily. She swims around in a febrile sea of magic on “Everyday Subtraction,” which unfolds like a spacey flower and is intercut with arty, Kate Bush–style vocals, whereas “In 3rd Grade We Learn Division” is a darker and more compulsive post-punk passage driven by Young’s insistent keyboards. Plus, the raw-throated hard-rock/grunge defiance of Spare Parts for Broken Hearts. Also Blood Candy.
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