CRYS­TAL FIGHT­ERS

Q (UK) - - Review | New Albums -

EV­ERY­THING IS MY FAM­ILY PLAY IT AGAIN SAM, OUT NOW Day­dream­ing dance beat­niks aim for the stars – and miss.

With 2013’ s Cave Rave this troupe of Anglo-Amer­i­can techno hip­pies led by starry-eyed singer Se­bas­tian Pringle threat­ened to de­liver the all-danc­ing, an­cient-mod­ern cross­over the al­bum’s ti­tle proph­e­sied. Three years on, it’s a dif­fer­ent story with their peace’n’love gospel now sound­ing like the camp­fire ide­al­ism of age­ing bo­hos stuck on an eter­nal gap year. Pringle’s ap­par­ently un­shake­able op­ti­mism and ear for pan-global beats – in­clud­ing the clat­ter of Basque per­cus­sion in­stru­ment, the tx­ala­parta – can still gen­er­ate mo­ments of eu­pho­ria, most notably on the Ma­jor Lazer-like All Night. Yet it’s In Your Arms’s soppy trop­i­cal house which is more typ­i­cal of an al­bum that tries to please everyone but winds up hav­ing noth­ing to say. RU­PERT HOWE

Lis­ten To: All Night | The Moon­dog

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