Swedish alt-pop artist Luminous Kid (aka Olof Grind) shares his dreamy and psychedelic imaginings via his latest single, “Mountain Crystals”. It’s a carefully edited and produced song that meticulously employs many little sounds as part of a delightful and sparkly whole. Musically, Luminous Kid captures the senses that the word crystals evoke. Luminous Kid asks if he is “awake inside a dream”, to which he wittily retorts, “Obviously.” We are right there with him as the song spins a delightful flight of fancy. Joining him on the journey for a round of spoken word poetry is none other than last year’s Best Album winner at PopMatters, Phoebe Bridgers.
The single appears on Luminous Kid’s upcoming LP, at the end of the dream, releasing on 23 April, along with a coffee table book spotlighting his photographic work. Grind is a noted photographer alongside his musical work. His music is an effort to speak to marginalized queer people. “I think the more role models and queer experiences that exist in popular culture, the better,” says Luminous Kid. “If a song or a work of art can make a sad and trapped young queer person feel better about themselves, then it is a step in the right direction.”
Hear “Mountain Crystals” on the PopMatters Picks Spotify playlist.