Sunday, December 02, 2012

Everything But The Kitchen Sink..

This week's song is 'Champion Sound,' a bouncy slice of 'world pop' by London-based British/Spanish quintet Crystal Fighters.  'World pop' may be the only way to describe, in two words, a 'folk-tronica' band that describes itself as "fast progressive dance music joined by the melodies and dances of traditional Basque folk, alongside synthesizers, bass-driven wonk-funk, and beats fuelled by early 1980s Spanish punk and experimental electronica."  Enough influences for you?  Don't worry about digesting the influences, just enjoy the delicious results... 

Or contemplate the band's live shows, in their own words:  "Our first show had props including two bottles of tequila, txalapartas (a traditional Basque instrument), signs explaining the plot of the opera, and loads of dramatic stage directions all to a soundtrack of wonky bass, latin percussion and enormous passionate hooks. It was chaotic and we've been trying to bring that sort of energy to every show since."

Here's the delightful video for 'Champion Sound':

Nearly every song on the album has been a single, each with a video, but an actual hit continues to elude them... Here's 'Swallow'...

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