Jakalope's Chrystal Oudijk Returns with Debut Solo Single as OUDi

Watch her new video for “My Old Friend”

BY Allie GregoryPublished Feb 9, 2024

In the years since 2000s Canadian industrial-pop project Jakalope's inactivity, former frontwoman Chrystal Oudijk has kept busy — between recording as one-half of pop country duo Sons of Daughters with Jimmy Thow, and with the Perfect Strangers, she's proven herself to be pretty genre-fluid — and now, she's lined up her next project: going solo as OUDi.

That chapter begins today with the video for new single "My Old Friend," a mantric confrontation of inner solitude, whose sparkling waves of balladry are as much an emotional exploration as they are an expression of Oudijk "living in survival mode" all her life, only now learning to give her nerves a break, turning her energies instead to writing her debut solo album during a period of personal upheaval during the pandemic.

"I’m excited to finally put my stories to song, for I have a lot of them," she explained in a release, "and I can’t wait to get back on that stage and reconnect with the people and energies that have been missing in my life for so many years."

Details of her full-length debut are forthcoming, but for now, you can get reacquainted with Oudijk's impressive vocal range by listening to "My Old Friend" below.

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