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The Crystal Ark

The Crystal Ark by The Crystal Ark
Released: Nov 2012
Label: DFA
Plenty of artists pay lip service to house music as a vehicle for spiritual transcendence. The Crystal Ark do more than that; without sermonizing, they make getting down feel as serious as communion and as jubilant as a revival meeting. Building on the programmed drums and skeletal synth-funk of early house music, and calling down catharsis in chanted vocals in English and Spanish, they imbue their percussive frug with a healthy dose of loose-limbed improv. It's a rough-edged brand of ecstasy attuned to wide horizons and the soft earth underfoot.
Philip Sherburne