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Hey, remember Crystal Antlers? A couple of years ago they were touted as the hot new thing when their debut album Tentacles came out on Touch & Go. It was quite a record, too; all in-your-face indie pop with stabbing organs and massive tunes. I still spin that, and it's nice to see that with this new one they've not only kept hold of the elements that made that record such a good listen b ...

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LP w/ Rayond Pettibon artwork on Recreation Ltd, clear vinyl and Bonus CD!.

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CD on Recreation Ltd. Raymond Pettibon artwork.

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9/10 Mike Staff review, 21 July 2011

Hey, remember Crystal Antlers? A couple of years ago they were touted as the hot new thing when their debut album Tentacles came out on Touch & Go. It was quite a record, too; all in-your-face indie pop with stabbing organs and massive tunes. I still spin that, and it's nice to see that with this new one they've not only kept hold of the elements that made that record such a good listen but they've matured and refined their sound into something even more irresistible than before. It's not as abrasive as the first record and maybe not quite as immediate, but this is an album packed with ideas and subtlety without losing that ever-present and all-important sense of fun and love for what they're doing. Sadly they've now parted ways with Touch & Go (not that I was ever totally convinced they and that label were an appropriate match), but they've found a new home at Recreation Ltd, and they've got the legendary Raymond Pettibon to design the art for this, too. There's a lot of elements here - punk, no-wave, surf, '60s pop - but it's always tightly focused and it never sounds like a mishmash...hey, remember the Detachment Kit, and how their first album hit really hard but it was the second one, the less immediate 'Of This Blood', which over time emerged as the superior album? This is Crystal Antlers' 'Of This Blood'. It's the sound of a band finding their potential, and whether or not it's recognised right now I think a few years down the line you'll be able to listen to this album and think, "Hey, remember Crystal Antlers? Those guys were the shit." In fact I'm gonna buy one of the super-limited versions for myself while I still can. Yeah boiiiii!!


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