New Age bullshit well and truly front and centre

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Crystal Fighters - 'Cave Rave'

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Crystal Fighters – ‘Cave Rave’

Given Crystal Fighters’ genealogy, their musical reference points and their supposed backstory, it’s strange how utterly boring the end result often is. Their second album, like their first, halfheartedly dabbles in Balearic folk, but this time out, the New Age bullshit is well and truly front and centre. “In the galaxy of truth, your stars are the eyes” frontman Sebastian Pringle tells us on ‘Wave’, sounding like a crusty transfixed by his healing crystal. A few tunes ­– like the Afro-flecked ‘LA Calling’ or ‘Everywhere’ – pass muster, but the whole thing is about as cosmic as a hairdresser who’s just read in Grazia that hippies are ‘in’ this summer.

Barry Nicolson

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Record label:Zirkulo