Written in the Basque hills - a region integral to Crystal Fighters’ sound and the inspiration for their first album Star Of Love
– and immersed in their creative cradle the band wrote the album in its entirety over a two month spell. They then decamped to Los Angeles to record it with Grammy nominated producer Justin Meldal-Johnsen (Beck/Air/M83/Paramore) and here the melodies found in the Basque country were sharpened into hooks and songs exploded into towering anthems. It may be Crystal Fighters on a much bigger scale but musical influences have widened as well as grown. The beating hearts of Hispanic and African dance and Mexican electronic music 3bal now sit alongside folk and psychedelia that defined Star Of Love. There is still an adrenal rush - the grandstanding of American road rock, the sweat of disco, the fervent initiative of punk and the house of Iberian twilights are all here - but Cave Rave feels a considerably more thoughtful, contemplative and cohesive album than its predecessor.