Waldo Witt took a gamble on taking a break and going solo after a decade in the same band, and with new single, ‘Crystal Ball’, it looks as if that has paid off.
The track is a move into a more electronic territory than his previous oeuvre, which leaned more towards blissed-out pop. ‘Crystal Ball’ is the second single to be released from Witt’s debut solo album, ‘Randall’, which was named for his van, which houses his mobile studio (how can you not instantly love someone who names his van!). ‘Crystal Ball’ is an 80s vibed track reminiscent of David Sylvian, The Style Council, even REO Speedwagon. The video likewise has been influenced by the 80s, showing a dance montage which hearkens back to the likes of classic films such as The Breakfast Club, Footloose, and Sixteen Candles.
Witt’s character is training for a big dance off, a la Saturday Night Fever, but he doesn’t have the moves. Eventually – with the assistance of a shaman – he is given the gift of dancing feet, and
bedecked in white, just like John Travolta’s character Tony Manero in Saturday Night Fever, he gambols around the dance floor as if he was born to it.