Spain's Crystal Fighters, a folktronic band that combines Basque folk instruments with drum loops, heavy synth, and lilting vocals, were formed after singer Laure recovered a diary of her deceased, reclusive grandfather's while visiting his Basque country home. Inside his notebook was the skeleton of an incomplete opera, with what would become the future band's name as its title. Intent on completing the work and honoring her grandfather's legacy, she returned to London and enlisted the aid of friends Gilbert, Graham, Sebastian, and Mimi, and together they researched and worked to finish his opera. In 2008, their first single, "I Love London," gained club play and airplay throughout Europe. Additional singles followed in advance of the band's debut album, 2010's Star of Love. ~ Heather Wellman
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