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Star of Love is not only an impressive full-length debut from the Spanish (by way of London) “folktronic” group Crystal Fighters; it’s extremely well crafted. The superb sequencing and the crisp, sparkling production let the quartet and their wide-ranging ideas shine. Where they might have blurred genre boundaries into a messy pastiche without a narrative, Star of Love blooms like a bud captured in slow motion, morphing from one stage to the next with utter grace. Traditional Basque instruments (the percussive txalaparta, which is built from wooden blocks, plus acoustic guitars, woodwinds, and tambourines) give way to electro-clash and dubstep flavors (synths, reverb, heavy bass, vocal chants), while on some tunes a hip-hop soul is palpable. The group’s singles (including their smash club hit “I Love London”) aren't the only stars here; “I Do This Everyday” is a relentless, M.I.A.-like stomper that will put your Zumba routine to shame. Meanwhile, the acoustic twitterings of “Plage” and “At Home” are as lovely as a summer frolic in an Alpine meadow. Basquetronica? Sure. Why not?

Customer Reviews

Wow!! Nice new sound

How come they aren't super famous???What mix of music. I love it!! Just do!! Thanks to Sirius.., I found this band. I am impressed!! What sound!!:)

Fantastic!

I'm so glad I've found this on iTunes! GREAT music!

Inventive!

I'm really impressed by this album. It is a great mix of electronic influences on a backdrop of psychedelic rock/pop with a Basque twist. I actually like every song and several of them sound like rather different bands, but, as an album, the songs are related and further the overall mood. Dig the vocals too! This is a creative and inventive group of musicians. Lots of favorite summer jams on here.

Biography

Formed: 2007 in London, Engalnd

Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '00s, '10s

Combining Basque folk instruments with drum loops, heavy synths, and lilting vocals, Spain's Crystal Fighters formed after singer Laure Stockley recovered a diary of her deceased reclusive grandfather's while visiting his Basque country home. Inside his notebook was the skeleton of an incomplete opera, with what would become the future band's name as its title. Intent on completing the work and honoring her grandfather's legacy, she returned to London and enlisted the aid of friends Gilbert Vierich,...
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