[Album Review] Crystal Eyes- The Female Imagination
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Release Date: September 14th, 2017
Label: Shake! Records
Despite able assistance from some fine Calgary musicians, Crystal Eyes is essentially the solo project of Erin Jenkins. And it shows, with her persona as well as her vocals taking centre stage in each song. Her persona, like her voice, is gauzy and ghostly, but with weight enough to be taken seriously and yet too ethereal to be real.

Naturally, her forte is dreampop, and we get generous helpings of it, including the beautiful “From Me to You/From You to Me” with its somewhat odd ‘90s shoegaze backing. But the mix is entertaining, as you get a country twang with the psych pop of “High Moon” and self-harmonized vocals on the bouncy beach garage number “Already Gone”. The reverb-induced ’50s nostalgia is so weirdly intense on “Say Something” that it gets David Lynchian, in a really great way.

If you weren’t convinced that this is Jenkins’ personal project then the closing track will close the deal. “The Female Imagination” finds her accompanied only by clean guitar strumming and swelling strings, highlighting the intimacy of her voice, which is a particularly engaging combination of her whisper and her stronger singing voice. Unfortunately, it all ends on a rather sad note as Jenkins softly states: “I don’t worry about the future/Because I can’t remember the past/All I know is that you left me then/And I know love don’t last”.