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East Of Queen is a captivating presence on ‘Crickets’

There’s something immediately hypnotic about the music of East Of Queen. In an incredibly short amount of time, the Auckland-based artist has developed a sound that feels equal parts intimate and far-reaching; it’s grounded in an earnest kind of pop but stretches into far more exciting and unexpected sonic territories.

With the release of her second single, Crickets, she continues to establish her penchant for crafting immersive and infectious gems of sound. If you’re not already across this artist, now’s a perfect time for you to change that.

On her new single Crickets, Auckland-based singer-songwriter East Of Queen delivers an immersive and textured auditory feast.

All throughout the new single, East Of Queen (real name Katherine Parsons) glides through a mesmeric blend of indie-rock, pop, shoegaze, and psychedelia, delivering something uniquely her own. With dense, woozy guitars, shimmering synths, and ghostly vocal melodies, Crickets is a masterclass in musical texture.

Across its three-and-a-half-minute run-time, the song builds into something quite cathartic—the further into the song you venture, the more enveloping it becomes. And while the song is undeniably excellent in a sonic respect, it also holds a real emotive lyrical power. Ultimately, the song is an auditory wormhole that you’ll have a thoroughly good time travelling down.

These are still relatively early days for this Kiwi artist, but judging by the quality of everything we’ve heard so far, I think we can safely expect plenty more great tunes. In the meantime, do yourself a favour and listen to the new single above.