Review: Crystal Fighters – ‘Ways I Can’t Tell’

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Crystal Fighters return with a wonderfully produced track oozing with tropical beats and modern rave tints.

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Released alongside news of their upcoming album Everything Is My Family, London-based band Crystal Fighters has dropped a catchy, tropically-infused track leading their signature progressive folk sound into a more modern dance sphere. ‘Ways I Can’t Tell’ opens with a very familiar sound for the band with a plethora of percussion, electric, and acoustic beats giving way to lead singer Sebastian Pringle’s realistic love lyrics focusing on that moment in a relationship of uncertainty and excitement.

Full of energy right from the start, its ebbs and flows mirror the setting in which the production of the song began. The band wrote ‘Ways I Can’t Tell’ “overlooking the rough Atlantic Ocean on the north side of the [Canary Islands] watching the waves beating against the shore,” equipped with only a ukulele, charango, small guitar, and microphone.

The band doesn’t shy away on this new track, with production sleek, lyrics comforting and reassuring, and vocals strong, thankfully not marred by the complexity of the “90s rave rinse-out” the track builds up to. The familiarity of their sound is a good sign but the band’s edging towards a more popular dance-rave genre is a welcome change, and one that they have successfully channeled into their own signature production style.

‘Ways I Can’t Tell’ is out now via Zirkulo and Play It Again Sam

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