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The Crystal Ark


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After five weeks of performing and traveling around Brazil, long-term DFA stalwart Gavin Russom returned home with not only a love for the music he’d discovered there, but also a newfound source of inspiration for his own meticulously crafted recordings. The Brazilian music driving Russom’s sonic explorations included forms as eclectic and varied as Carioca Funk, atabaque drumming, Tropicalia and South American style rave. At the very same time, Russom was working toward a sound in the image of seminal tracks from Praga Khan and Nikki Van Lierop, with special inspiration taken from their Phantasia “Inner Light” and “Violet Skies” 12”s. The material that grew out of these disparate inspirational points – and became The Crystal Ark, Russom’s latest project – is a perfect distillation of those varied sounds into infectious, spellbinding dance floor music.


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  • Tahula

    Synthesizer fans & lovers & addicts are all welcomed!

    27 Jul 2013 Reply
  • nuRetroLover

    Saw them twice in NY and they're amazing live. Lots of fun and cool music!

    9 May 2013 Reply
  • FederalDuck

    Watching them open for Hot Chip was terrible. It was easily one of the worst opening acts I've ever been subjected to, and based on the scanty polite applause I wasn't the only one who thought so. If you like Hot Chip, don't waste your time with this band. On the other hand, if you like long boring songs with no hooks or movement and a talentless singer wailing "I'm on fire" over and over for five minutes straight, then this may be your thing. Self-imporant stage banter sealed the deal: these guys suck.

    11 Apr 2013 Reply
  • Shy-Guy


    20 Nov 2012 Reply
  • neon-junker

    We came to... We Came to WHAT? We came to !!!

    17 Nov 2012 Reply
  • madboy

    cool stuff

    13 Nov 2012 Reply
  • vinns

    Much love for the Ark <3

    4 Nov 2012 Reply
  • CLaettnerVerwys

    Oh shit! Paradise! New album is awesome.

    4 Nov 2012 Reply
  • disairyuzerneim

    whoa! great sound

    31 Jul 2012 Reply
  • bryanNYC26

    fuck yeah

    25 May 2012 Reply
  • ghostdog23

    Wow. Love the film clip for The City Never Sleeps also.

    12 Mar 2011 Reply
  • DukAa

    The City Never Sleeps is the most incredible song i've heard so far this year.

    23 Feb 2011 Reply
  • neoModern


    26 Dec 2010 Reply
  • Cisownik

    This is fucking amazing!

    31 Aug 2010 Reply
  • Turtur

    absurdly good stuff, indeed

    30 Mar 2010 Reply

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