The enchanting attraction of Crystal Fighters is that they are not afraid to experiment with the unfamiliar. Combining summery folk with ecstatic electronica, the band over their history have crafted a sound quite like no other artist out there. ‘Everything Is My Family’ is their third record to-date, and what sets apart this effort from their previous two, ‘Star of Love’ and ‘Cave Rave’, is not its immediate style, but that it sadly follows the death of drummer Andrea Marongui, who tragically passed away from heart failure two years ago. Although Crystal Fighters have always retained a spiritual essence to their sound, this album seems to ground itself wholly in the appreciation of living.
Opening with spoken word interlude ‘Simplecito’, from the get go, Crystal Fighters are taking the listener on a transcendental journey, and proclaiming a pure and simple sentiment: life is beautiful so go and live it. The lead single entitled ‘All Night’ is representative of this carefree philosophy, with a chanting chorus one could easily imagine festivalgoers screaming out at Glastonbury amid a rain dance. ‘Good Girls’ boasts this ethos too, showcasing Crystal Fighters quintessential beachy tones wrapped up in hopeful lyrics such as “She said she knew an easier way outta here. And I believed every word she said.” Moments like this one hint at a beautiful undercurrent to the album that surges through its entirety, particularly amongst the slow burning track of the album ‘The Moondog’ and its finale ‘Lay Low’ – the latter acting as a tribute to the late Marongui.
The highlight of the album though is undoubtedly the dance-driven ‘In Your Arms’, which could easily be a polished collaboration between the likes of Bieber and Diplo. This is not to say it is anything less than an excellent track, but conversely it glides smoothly from start to finish, with glossy production and an infectious drop around the time the chorus and guitars typically kick in. Some might argue that such a fleeting sense of stability on each track makes the album disjointed and chaotic listening, but what distinguishes Crystal Fighters from other artists is this ability to swing between genres and dabble in them without immediately falling flat on their face. The heartfelt title of the record conclusively fittingly encapsulates the band’s moral and inspiration. They are not a one trick pony, but a jack of all trades and master of all.