Fusion is the name of the game in today’s music scene. So few artists — mainstream pop aside — seem to stick within a single genre. Indie artists, in particular, love to experiment, blending two worlds that their ears register as aligned. Alt-country; ambient alternative; hell, Emilie Autumn’s been billing herself as “Victoriandustrial” for years. It’s created a richness of sound in the terrain music writers travel.
Montreal’s Krystale is no exception. Drawing upon her Dominican roots and her meant-for-jazz voice, she’s fused electronic elements with contemporary jazz in her songwriting. The result: a fresh feel to an established genre. New life breathed into its bones. And while that standard soul core shines through in her vocal work, there’s a sensual ebb and flow of ocean tides that carries just a touch of the islands beneath the surface.
Her latest album Machine drops tomorrow, but you can check out the title track below (word to the wise: stay with the video to the final frames for a payoff). Like what you hear? Swing by her official site for more.