Crystal Fighters aren’t from Spain, but you’d be forgiven for thinking so — they play a traditional Basque xylophone onstage, they’re named after a Basque opera, and lead singer Sebastian recites his English-language lyrics with an undefinable patois, based vaguely on a Spanish accent. Already huge in Spain, the London trio (though the members have shifted) of 28-year-olds have been climbing their way up the festival circuit, where they turn shows into raves throughout Europe. They’ve come a long way from their single “Xtatic Truth,” released on a Kitsune compilation back in 2008 with a low-budge video, all the way to the US release of their debut album Star of Love. Their sound is eclectic, bold electronic with folk flare-ups.
Stuck in a Car With Crystal Fighters