Star of Love
Label: Different Recordings
Crystal Fighters' debut album is a summer record par excellence, and not only because it features songs like "In the Summer" and "Fiesta." The band's windswept melodies and sun-kissed production seem perfectly calibrated for driving up the coast with the top down, while their multi-part vocals evoke a party to which everyone's been invited. "Plage" suggests the breezy charm of Vampire Weekend, while "Champion Sound" echoes the quietly ecstatic pop of Metronomy or Cut Copy. Cheeky club tunes like "I Love London," meanwhile, offer a little something for after sunset.