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Cave Rave
     

Cave Rave

by Crystal Fighters
 

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Three years after Crystal Fighters issued their debut, Star of Love, a collision of eclectic, engaging, and occasionally unfocused sounds and ideas, the band returned with a streamlined sound and roster on Cave Rave. The trio of Sebastian Pringle, Gilbert Vierich, and Graham Dixon

Overview

Three years after Crystal Fighters issued their debut, Star of Love, a collision of eclectic, engaging, and occasionally unfocused sounds and ideas, the band returned with a streamlined sound and roster on Cave Rave. The trio of Sebastian Pringle, Gilbert Vierich, and Graham Dixon smooth away the rough edges of their debut on this set, crafting a sound that is more focused even as it incorporates not just Star of Love's Basque instrumentation but also Mexican and African elements into sunny, feel-good electro-pop that recalls Yeasayer and Friendly Fires. While the firecracker former vocalist Mimi Borelli is missed, this new sound is just as engaging in a different way, particularly on its vibrant singles. Even without the beachy sound effects, "Wave" would effortlessly conjure visions of summer and vacation, a feeling that extends to the tropical "You & I" and "LA Calling," which sounds a lot more exotic than the City of Angels usually does. All of these songs are a far cry from writing an album based on an unfinished opera written by one of the bandmembers' grandfathers, which Crystal Fighters did on Star of Love, and all of them share a similar rousing mood, whether they lean more toward bittersweet or joyous. Cave Rave is not for those who have even a slight curmudgeonly streak, as the band urges listeners to "feel love inside your heart forevermore" on "Separator" and to "party 'til dawn like a new millennium" on "No Man." At times, the album borders on overdone, as on "Bridge of Bones," a massive power ballad that even includes a gospel choir, but overall, these songs are a fine reintroduction to a band that has worked hard to emphasize its strengths and come up with new ones.

Product Details

Release Date:
05/28/2013
Label:
Atlantic
UPC:
0075678728686
catalogNumber:
535382

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Crystal Fighters   Primary Artist
Patrick Warren   Piano
Justin Meldal-Johnsen   Bass,Percussion,Electric Guitar,Keyboards
Sebastian Pringle   Acoustic Guitar,Bass,Percussion,Electric Guitar,Keyboards,Ukulele,Vocals,Background Vocals,Kalimba,Classical Guitar,Charango,Txalaparta,Group Member
Gilbert Vierich   Acoustic Guitar,Bass,Percussion,Electric Guitar,Keyboards,Ukulele,Vocals,Background Vocals,Kalimba,Classical Guitar,Charango,Txalaparta,Group Member
Luzmira Zerpa   Background Vocals
Lauren Johnson   Background Vocals
Nila Raja   Background Vocals
Eleanor Fletcher   Background Vocals
Holly Walker   Background Vocals
Sigrid Zeiner-Gundersen   Background Vocals
Graham W. Dickson   Acoustic Guitar,Bass,Percussion,Electric Guitar,Keyboards,Ukulele,Vocals,Background Vocals,Kalimba,Classical Guitar,Charango,Txalaparta,Group Member
Andrea Marongiu   Percussion,Drums

Technical Credits

Todd Burke   Engineer
Justin Meldal-Johnsen   Programming,Producer,Engineer
Chris Testa   Engineer
Shaun Savage   Engineer
Crystal Fighters   Composer,Additional Production
Andrew McDonnell   Engineer
Sebastian Pringle   Programming
Gilbert Vierich   Programming
Mike Schuppan   Engineer
Kristian Donaldson   Engineer
Paul Laffoley   Cover Art
Graham W. Dickson   Programming

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