K.Flay – Solutions (2019)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/44,1 kHz | Time – 36:48 minutes | 430 MB | Genre: Pop, Alternative, Indie
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download | Front Cover | © Night Street – Interscope Records
Brash and confident, Solutions is full of infectious attitude and liberation, a personal response to feeling burnt out from touring. Joining the many trying to find hard-won notes of positivity amid climate catastrophe and political car crashes, Illinois native Kristine Flaherty has dedicated her third album to mustering “green lights, brighter views… to pull me through”, as she puts it on Good News, which rubs dirty analogue synths up against a pure pop chorus.
There are both stronger songs and a wider range of styles here than on her previous records: Not in California brings a grungy, fuzzy languor to its environmental end-times singalong chorus, while the irresistible I Like Myself sits somewhere between the lo-fi pop of Cults and the rhythmic attack and playful cheerleading choruses of Sleigh Bells. The latter spring to mind again on the hard-faced and heavy Bad Vibes, in which she dismisses lazy doom-lovers: “You think it’s cooler to have dark thoughts, never eat ice-cream.” Sister is equally adorable, with a jubilant yell of a chorus over a barrage of those synths, while DNA closes with a widescreen hip-hop epic that sends you off heartened.
It’s all enjoyable, but these Solutions don’t feel radical compared to recent, more adventurous records by kindred spirits such as Billie Eilish or Lorde. Nonetheless, it lends its own welcome light.
01. I Like Myself (Most Of The Time)
02. Bad Vibes
03. This Baby Don’t Cry
06. Good News
07. Ice Cream
08. Not In California
09. Only The Dark