K4LT’s latest EP encapsulates the feeling of finding yourself in an ominous state and trying to make sense of the world around you. This takes a turn from previous material, melding guitar sounds with synths to create something immersive and expansive.
K4LT, pronounced “kalt” (which is German for cold) is a Berlin-based solo project that creates emotional soundscapes. Self-described as “dark Desktop doom”, new EP Endgame is five tracks of space and contemplation.
The synth emphasis is new for K4LT. “Boarding Pass” jumps right in with wavering notes that overtake the falsetto vocals. As the song progresses, it unravels, spreading out into noisy territory. “Ahead // back” is also synth-heavy. Here, the music swirls almost dizzyingly and K4LT’s vocals become more concrete.
“Fugae” melds the space between synths and guitar. Anxious in its gunfire-like rhythms and rich swells, there is also a through-line guitar riff that holds the track down. This works counter to “Loading Screen…”’s slower pace, which evokes — as the title suggests — a sense of waiting. “Extinction Aphelion” closes the EP with strumming and a sense of the unsteady. The notes are held and effective and, with the aid of a piano, fade out gracefully.