Showing she has the tools to take it to the next level, Baltimore by way of Long Island’s Cristal Carrington drops the beat in her new dance/pop delight “See You Dance”. What a way to make an entrance – Carrington’s debut single is tight with chameleon-like changing grooves and rhythms. Airy and wistful, the music bed bounces Carrington’s charismatic voice as close to the sun as she can take it.


A relentless chorus I want to see you dance, I want to see you party is inescapable. I had to listen a few times, but I also could have sworn she said I want to see you dance, I want to see your body. I think both work very well, actually. Her voice is sweet and endearing. This song feels like Carrington’s an artist that wants to come out of the gate in a positive way, and really test the waters. The music bed is like a ripping, curving and flexing all-at-once. The listener gets a real sense of movement, the ribboning beats overcome the listener, and at times, overtake Carrington’s vocals. I do wish there were more to her vocals – words that is. The lyrics are pretty straight forward, and just before the song ends, she whispers, in a breathy voice, I’m feeling so lovely all night long, I really want to go home with you, as if she were whispering in the ear of her prey. It’s a goodnight kiss moment to the song and it felt like it could have went a bit longer. Still, the lyrics and Carrington’s voice are pretty fun and intoxicating.

There’s a lot of music to savor in “See You Dance”. Carrington works from a pallet that seems to be based in 90s hip hop meets next year’s fashions. I really liked the intensity of the tones, the brashness of it all. It meanders in a way that is quick, but not nauseating fast. Fire twirlers can draw from the imagination and the energy. It’s easy to listen to this song over and over and feel like you’re awakening all the positive spirits in your body. There is no room to be negative while listening to “See You Dance”. Carrington’s pride should be glowing.

The glow of the song continues even days later. I’m just mesmerized by the cadence and charm in Carrington’s voice. With so little lyrics, her impact is in a big way. As mentioned above, the chorus will stalk you. I guarantee you won’t be able to get the I want to see you dance lines out of your head. The music video for “See You Dance” is just as memorable. Carrington is wearing a knock-out, sparkly dress. She looks like she’s very comfortable in front of the camera, and having a great day. There are several video montages of people dancing, having fun and even ‘pumping up’ a large inflatable on a beach. I think it captures the mood of the song, especially the Tron-like break dancer sequence. “See You Dance” is from Carrington’s album, Revenge.

Garth Thomas