New Audio: Romania’s Alexandrina Shares a Darkly Seductive Bop

Romanian-born and-based singer/songwriter Alexandrina Hristov is best known in her native Romania and elsewhere as Alexandrina. Over the course of her career, she has released two albums, 2009’s On De Lut and 2014’s Flori de Spin, and a half of singles — before the release of her latest EP, the four-track Sirin, which was released last month.

Thematically, Sirin is a complete narrative, where the highs and lows of a twenty-year career come full circle, While seeing the Romanian artist embracing both her singer/songwriter roots and the mythological origins of its namesake — with eyes on the present, the EP is a stylistic collage of her previously released work in a playful yet mature fashion.

The EP’s latest single “Black Magic” is a bit of goth-leaning electro pop centered around thumping boom bap-beats, glistening synth arpeggios and bursts of twinkling keys paired with the Romanian artist’s sultry delivery and some well-placed, razor sharp hooks. Sonically, “Black Magic” manages to bring Garbage‘s first two albums to mind — with a similar pop accessibility.