CRYSTAL

東京のシンセサイザーバンド、現在は三宅亮太と丸山素直によるデュオ。JUSTICEのGaspard Auge、Surkinにより見出され、Ed Bangerと共にフレンチ・エレクトロを牽引した伝説的レーベルInstitubesからデビュー。70年代後半から80年代のニューウェーブ、インダストリアル、テクノ、エレ ポップ、ゲームミュージックに影響を受けたサウンドで注目される。Teki Latex、Ikonikaとのコラボレーションを経て、2015年にファーストアルバム「Crystal Station 64」を発表。その名の通りクリスタル・カラーな抜群のポップセンス、ジャン・ミッシェル・ジャール、トーキング・ヘッズらへの捻じれたオマージュ満載のシンセサイザー・サウンドが好評を得ている。過去3度のパリ公演では、Para One、Chateau Marmont、Boys Noizeらと共演、近年はサンダーキャットの全米ツアーやスペインのSonar Festival、Taico Club、Rainbow Disco Clubなどの大型フェスティバルや、Independent Label Market、Flying Lotus presents Brainfeeder The Hitなどのオンラインイベントに出演。三宅亮太はSparrowsとしても活躍、昨年Fazerdaze、Casey MQらをフィーチャーしたアルバム「Berries」を発表。

CRYSTAL are experts at their own brand of retro-futuristic synth. Discovered online by Gaspard Auge (JUSTICE) and Surkin, the world has steadily been taking note of the duo. Headed up by Ryota Miyake (aka FLAU roster artist Sparrows), the duo’s sound may have taken different trajectories, but their experimental, energetic new wave meets techno with added video game music continues to turn heads.

With Sunao Maruyama alongside Miyake, CRYSTAL have collaborated with big names throughout their career. Their GET IT EP appeared on French label Sound Pellegrino, complete with a feature spot from label head, producer and DJ, Teki Latex. The duo also collaborated with Ikonika and Matias Aguayo.

DISCOGRAPHY

ALBUM/EP/SINGLE

Initiative! (institubes, 2009)
Neo Age (institubes, 2010)
Get It ?! (sound pellegrino, 2013)
Monsoon (flau, 2015)
Crystal Station 64 (flau, 2015)
Kimi Wa Monster ft. Matias Aguayo (flau, 2017)

COMPILATION

SND.PE vol.2 (sound pellegrino, 2014)
SND.PE vol.3 (sound pellegrino, 2014)
SND.PE vol.4 (sound pellegrino, 2015)

REMIX

Mirror People – Night Impact (brilliantine, 2010)
Strip Steve – AM/FM (boysnoize, 2010)
Body Fantasy – In In (varium, 2011)
Sébastien Tellier – Cochon Ville (towerrecords, 2013)
IV – Alaska (mentalgroove, 2013)

PRESS QUOTES

Crystal’s mixture of YMO-esque Nippon naive pop and Kraftwerkian-influenced beats tends to accidentally give birth to a romantic sound very reminiscent of Latin Freestyle. – Teki Latex

Crystal take us back to the future, to the early days of electronic pop, when it looked forward to a bright new tomorrow – Guardian

Crystal seems to delight in a bit of nonsense – The Japan Times

There’s a sense of the old school here, of Talking Heads, early Depeche Mode or the Art Of Noise, but it’s delivered in a twisted, hyper-real way – CLASH

CRYSTAL has an addictive melody utilized like a film score’s reprise, building, breaking, and dragging you along as the story unfolds – Culture Collide

They add quirks and an imaginative atmosphere to the occasionally unquirky and unimaginative sector of house music – YES/NO Music

really impressive…sounds like taking a first date to an arcade – GRAPE Magazine

Japanese gang of sleek synth enthusiasts – Norman Records

めちゃくちゃかっこいい – Dailymotion Japan

se ha dedicado a explorar diversas vertientes del pop a través de la experimentación – Red Bull Chile

PRESS QUOTES

Crystal’s mixture of YMO-esque Nippon naive pop and Kraftwerkian-influenced beats tends to accidentally give birth to a romantic sound very reminiscent of Latin Freestyle. – Teki Latex

Crystal take us back to the future, to the early days of electronic pop, when it looked forward to a bright new tomorrow – Guardian

Crystal seems to delight in a bit of nonsense – The Japan Times

There’s a sense of the old school here, of Talking Heads, early Depeche Mode or the Art Of Noise, but it’s delivered in a twisted, hyper-real way – CLASH

CRYSTAL has an addictive melody utilized like a film score’s reprise, building, breaking, and dragging you along as the story unfolds – Culture Collide

They add quirks and an imaginative atmosphere to the occasionally unquirky and unimaginative sector of house music – YES/NO Music

really impressive…sounds like taking a first date to an arcade – GRAPE Magazine

Japanese gang of sleek synth enthusiasts – Norman Records

めちゃくちゃかっこいい – Dailymotion Japan

se ha dedicado a explorar diversas vertientes del pop a través de la experimentación – Red Bull Chile

CRYSTAL

JAPAN

東京のシンセサイザーバンド、現在は三宅亮太と丸山素直によるデュオ。JUSTICEのGaspard Auge、Surkinにより見出され、Ed Bangerと共にフレンチ・エレクトロを牽引した伝説的レーベルInstitubesからデビュー。70年代後半から80年代のニューウェーブ、インダストリアル、テクノ、エレ ポップ、ゲームミュージックに影響を受けたサウンドで注目される。Teki Latex、Ikonikaとのコラボレーションを経て、2015年にファーストアルバム「Crystal Station 64」を発表。その名の通りクリスタル・カラーな抜群のポップセンス、ジャン・ミッシェル・ジャール、トーキング・ヘッズらへの捻じれたオマージュ満載のシンセサイザー・サウンドが好評を得ている。過去3度のパリ公演では、Para One、Chateau Marmont、Boys Noizeらと共演、近年はサンダーキャットの全米ツアーやスペインのSonar Festival、Taico Club、Rainbow Disco Clubなどの大型フェスティバルや、Independent Label Market、Flying Lotus presents Brainfeeder The Hitなどのオンラインイベントに出演。三宅亮太はSparrowsとしても活躍、昨年Fazerdaze、Casey MQらをフィーチャーしたアルバム「Berries」を発表。

CRYSTAL are experts at their own brand of retro-futuristic synth. Discovered online by Gaspard Auge (JUSTICE) and Surkin, the world has steadily been taking note of the duo. Headed up by Ryota Miyake (aka FLAU roster artist Sparrows), the duo’s sound may have taken different trajectories, but their experimental, energetic new wave meets techno with added video game music continues to turn heads.

With Sunao Maruyama alongside Miyake, CRYSTAL have collaborated with big names throughout their career. Their GET IT EP appeared on French label Sound Pellegrino, complete with a feature spot from label head, producer and DJ, Teki Latex. The duo also collaborated with Ikonika and Matias Aguayo.

NEWS

Apr 24th, 2021

CRYSTAL ‘Taxi Hard’ was played by Emily Bick, WIRE on Resonance FM

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zwm9iD0rTJI

Apr 23rd, 2021

CRYSTAL ‘Disco Na Koi’

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lXgZ3NV44nQ

Mar 5th, 2021

CRYSTAL pay homage to VHS era artists with new video, “Refraction Overdrive”

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UkOKG9RCZgI

Feb 25th, 2021

CRYSTAL mix J-pop with electro synthesizers on new album | Vinyl Factory

Feb 7th, 2021

CRYSTAL new album “Reflection Overdrive” out this Spring, first single “Phantom Gizmo” out now

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Am7uTEW4K8Q