Crystal Eyes Conjure Up Hazy Ambiance on "Like a Movie"

New album 'The Sweetness Restored' is out April 22

Photo: Walter E. Neuman

BY James MartensPublished Mar 24, 2022

Calgary-based dream-pop group Crystal Eyes — who landed among Exclaim!'s most recent batch of New Faves — have released a new single, "Like a Movie," ahead of their upcoming sophomore album The Sweetness Restored.

The track is a wistful, Hammond B3-led soundscape with ethereal vocals offset by strong, melodic guitar leads throughout.

Singer Erin Jenkins said of the track in a statement:

"Like a Movie" is three minutes of indie rock bliss in the artistic vein of Sharon Van Etten or Alvvays. The secret to its sound is a classic Hammond organ with Leslie speakers, a kick-ass guitar solo and the backing of a string quartet that calls to mind flashbacks of Neutral Milk Hotel. If love is "like a movie," how will the ending be?

"Like a Movie" is the latest to arrive from The Sweetness Restored following the previously released propulsive and percussive "Don't Turn Around," as well as the Cure-esque "Wishes."

The album — arriving April 22 via Bobo Integral — was recorded at Montreal's Breakglass Studios with producer/engineer Andrew Woods (The Operators, Legal Vertigo) and was mixed by Mark Lawson (Arcade Fire, Peter Gabriel). In a press release, the band called The Sweetness Restored a "feel-good self-help record for the age of existential dread." 

Listen to the latest cut below, where you can also find the album's tracklisting. 

The Sweetness Restored

1. Wishes
2. Like a Movie
3. Don't Turn Around
4. I Still Believe in Love pt. 1
5. I Still Believe in Love pt. 2
6. 2,000 Years
7. For Carole
8. Pretty Dumb
9. A Dream I Had
10. No Heaven

Pre-order The Sweetness Restored.

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