Exposé Online banner

Crystal Jacqueline — Await the Queen
(Mega Dodo DODOLP23 / DODOCD23, 2017, LP / CD / DL)

by Henry Schneider, Published 2017-06-16

Await the Queen Cover art

Neo-psych chanteuse Crystal Jacqueline returns this June with a gorgeous new solo double album, Await the Queen, her biggest release yet. Through her exposure via Fruits de Mer and Mega Dodo, she has developed a reputation as one of the best female vocalists in the circuit. Beginning in 2010, she has released several albums and singles, both as a solo artist and as part of The Honey Pot. For Await the Queen, her partner Icarus Peel penned 17 songs that deliver a haunting mix of trippy psychedelia and acid folk. Crystal Jacqueline’s beautiful voice is a joy to behold and Await the Queen is one solid album. Many of the tracks are trippy songs addressing different sides of love: bartered love, broken hearts, first love, blinded love, deeply entwined love, etc. Producer Icarus Peel enhances some of the songs with strings and brass, providing a 60s vintage ambiance to these neo-psych tunes. I particularly like the trippy West Coast psych influenced “Ahkbar” with multi-tracked vocal harmonies and a minor key melody. The slow “Someone” with its exquisite vocals bears some resemblance to Jefferson Starship’s “Sunrise.” And the closer “The Long Lost Song of Sleep” is a beautifully sung gothic lullaby that would not be out of place on a 60s vampire movie. There are so many different sonic textures and songs on this album, rather than go into all of them, I leave it up to you to explore them for yourself. But be mindful that when this double album hits the streets on June 16, 2017 I expect that the limited edition of 250 vinyl copies will go fast. But if you are not a vinyl junkie, then you can either pick up the CD or download the music from your favorite site.


Filed under: New releases, 2017 releases

Related artist(s): Crystal Jacqueline (Bourne), Icarus Peel

Latest news

2017-09-06
Holger Czukay RIP – Holger Czukay, a musical experimentalist without boundaries who has been involved with expanding the sound palette of rock music since the late 60s, has died at the age of 79. After studying with Karlheinz Stockhausen in the early 60s, he became fascinated with the possibilities of rock music, and was a co-founder of the pioneering group Can. He leaves behind an impressive body of work both as musician and producer. » Read more

2017-08-22
John Abercrombie RIP – Another of the greats of jazz guitar has left us. John Abercrombie plied his way through a beautiful series of albums on the ECM label as well as bringing his talent to bear on albums by many of jazz's greatest artists. From his early work in the group Dreams to Gateway and outstanding work with Billy Cobham, Jack DeJohnette, Kenny Wheeler, and many more to his own trios and quartets, he brought a unique instrumental voice to the world. » Read more

2017-07-27
Yestival Dates Beef up the Beat – Word reaches us that Dylan Howe (son of guitarist Steve Howe) will be joining Yes on their "Yestival" tour, drumming alongside longtime band member Alan White. » Read more

2017-05-19
First ProgStock Festival Set for October – October 2017 will see the inaugural edition of a festival called ProgStock in Rahway, New Jersey at the Union County Performing Arts Center. With a definite slant towards neo-progressive music, the event is sure to please many fans with the inclusion of such artists as Echolyn, Glass Hammer, and Aisles. The festival will take place October 13-15. » Read more

2017-05-05
Clive Brooks RIP – Word reaches us today of another sad passing in the music world. Drummer Clive Brooks, best known as a member of such Canterbury bands as Egg, Uriel / Arzachel, and Groundhogs, has died at the age of 67. Details are sketchy at this point. The news was reported on Nick Mason's Facebook page — Brooks was Mason's drum tech. » Read more


Previously in Exposé...

Soft Machine - Third – For those not familiar with Soft Machine, this is probably the best place to start; this marks the major turning point in the band's career, a shift from a more song-oriented style, through a phase of...  (1994) » Read more



Listen & discover



Print issues