Jasmyn: Crystal Ball
Robust vocals and skittering beats meet poetic lyrics here.
By Kerry Doole
Jasmyn - Crystal Ball (Royal Mountain Records and ANTI-): As Jasmyn Burke, this Toronto singer/songwriter made a major splash as frontperson of the post-punk band Weaves. That group made two Polaris Music Prize shortlists, and earned two Juno nominations for Alternative Album of the Year and two SOCAN Songwriting Prize nominations.
Going solo, as Jasmyn, she recently signed to Royal Mountain Records in Canada and prestigious US label ANTI- Records. A track released in November, Find The Light, drew praise, and new cut Crystal Ball came out this week.
On the track, Jasmyn explains in a press release: “I was writing about being afraid of moving into the future but also getting excited by it. I knew that I had to change my life and follow my heart in order to evolve and be happy. I think I leaned on nature to do that. Staring at the sun go down, watching birds just float. Nature seems to move without regret or worry. I wanted to write about leaning on my intuition and charging forward into the future with what felt right. I was hit with fresh love and fresh air and a new beginning -- it was exciting. I think this song is about the concept of having a personal renaissance. Looking inward and finding that consistency for yourself even if it means letting go sometimes. Happiness is on the other side.”
Crystal Ball begins with Jasmyn's robust vocals placed atop a skittering drums and keyboards groove, then gradually increases in intensity and sonic scope. The accompanying lyric video spotlights such evocative lines as "sunsets never seem to regret."
This song and other material for an upcoming album have been produced by the LA-based John Congleton, known for his work with compelling female artists, including St. Vincent, Angel Olsen, Sharon Van Etten. His presence will help bring attention to Jasmyn's shining talent. You don't need a crystal ball to predict big things in her future.
Publicity: Conor, Hive Mind PR
Management: Straight and Narrow