A name can carry a lot of meaning. For Kristin Welchez, her chosen moniker of Dee Dee and her band the Dum Dum Girls had left the artist in a box she couldn’t shake. Releasing a handful of strong albums and EPs over the last decade, Welchez developed a reputation for sublime dream pop influenced by both ‘60s girl groups and ‘80s melodramatic indie pop. When she wanted to pivot toward new wave and synthpop, she decoded to create a new identity, and Kristin Kontrol was born. With her first album under that name, she is able to shed the limitations imposed by her old work and put forth material that, while familiar, finds her coming into her own.