Sister Crystals is a psychedelic dream-pop band who makes their home in the fertile musical landscape of Chicago. The band formed in the winter of 2010 after Lauren Whitacre and Colin Croom met at Columbia College and began writing songs together. After releasing one or two songs in summer 2011, Chicago friends YAWN invited Sister Crystals to open one of their shows, creating a need for both a few more band members, and a few more songs. Sister Crystals pulled it all together and haven’t looked back since. The band’s first EP, Little Bits, was released digitally in 2011, and Sister Crystals debut LP was released in June 2013.
Sister Crystals’ sound often draws comparisons to bands like Tame Impala, Beach House, Sonic Youth, and Deerhunter. The band’s self-titled debut LP showcases the duo’s songwriting abilities along with their knack for dynamic energy-filled production. The juxtaposition of Whitacre's angelic voice with abrasive, phased and fuzzed-out guitars glued together by tape-saturated drum seeps weaves itself throughout their self-titled debut album. The results of over a year of writing, recording, and re-recording are evident as this LP glows with a polish and maturity found on very few debut records.
The singles from the LP, “For So Long” and “White” have garnered praise from many publications like Consequence of Sound, I Guess I’m Floating, YVYNYL, One for the People, Gold Flake Paint, Under the Radar, Hearing Gold and many more.
Consequence of Sound recently described Sister Crystals’ ability to “…enchant with smoky intimacy and wily psychedelic-pop, a curious yet captivating combo that lands them somewhere between Beach House’s romanticism and Tame Impala’s technicolor trances.” They went on to describe the track “White” as “…a gauzy and glimmering number that contracts and expands like a balloon patiently waiting to explode.”
Sister Crystals LP is available on vinyl from Walk-In Records and digitally through Feeltrip Records. The LP is limited to 500 copies pressed on bone colored vinyl.
Their debut LP is now available. ORDER THE LP HERE
Several blogs had many kind words about the first single, "For So Long". Here are just a few
Gold Flake Paint
"...these aren’t tentative steps at all. For So Long is a noisy burst of shoegaze, the sweetly vibrant vocals well and truly holding their own against some hefty guitar workouts." read the full review here.
"The hazy, psychedelic trance of the distorted guitar fuzz compliments perfectly with the enchantingly sweet vocals heard in the track—a captivating first taste of their debut effort." read the full review here.
"It’s five minutes of sweeping vocals and hazy guitars, all wrapped in a daydream. It’s absolutely perfect for mornings or nights when you just need to cool down." read the full review here.
One for the People
"Now clearly embracing their psychedelic tendencies, the big guns are certainly out here, as the song grows in stature, perfectly placing Lauren Whitacre's delicate vocals over the thrashing guitars. There's a sense of confidence that has obviously come with 18 months of pre-planning." read the full review here
Praise for Little Bits EP (Sister Crystals was then known as Magic City)
I Guess I'm Floating
“Here’s a new one from a new one: Magic City‘s deliciously shreddy, lo-fi dream pop just yesterday, by-the-grace-of-email, landed in my lap, and I’m oh so glad it did. My tastes this year have leaned towards the more electronic, dubby side of things. But taste is a rubber band: you can only stretch so far before snapping back to old comforts and settling in the middle, elatedly vibrating between extremes. Magic City is certainly an old comfort; they sandwich well-worn guitar riffs and vocal melodies with guitar solos that have just a hint of nostalgia, and cram more than enough shredded foodstuffs in the middle. It’s the two choruses of “Your Eyes” that really make the jam spread, a lazily thrashed haze of noise-pop that leaves me yearning for the days of Sonic Youth and Sleater Kinney. Promising stuff to be sure.
Magic City’s Little Bits EP (out Nov 11) will be a free download via Feel Trip Records. For now you can hear/download another few tracks at Magic City’s bandcamp page.”
Dance Yrself Clean
“Magic City just hits all the right oh it feels oh so good marks just like the Dum Dum Girls, Best Coast and Tennis do. The Little Bits EP is pretty darn delightful and I’m beyond smitten with the track “The City.” It’s got this glorious The Shirelles’ Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow thang going on that I will never mind EVER. If you are swooning too you can download all of Little Bits for a name your price value over at Bandcamp! "
Just Music That I Like
“It's time to take a trip down memory lane with this blissfully nostalgic dream pop from across the pond, Magic City are a four piece from Chicago, the Windy City is doubtful to be the inspiration for the shimmering charm that could be the perfect soundtrack to your weekend, it'd be even better if it was sunny outside but hey, you can't have everything.
Their debut EP 'Little Bits' came out last week and is available on a pay what you like download from bandcamp with a limited CD / cassette release to follow via feeltrip. "Your Eyes" is simply delicious, vocalist Lauren Whitacre's vocals are soulful and sweet, the lazy guitar melody seductive and dreamy, then from nowhere there is this thrashing guitar solo amongst syrupy coo's, it an unusual combination but it's one that works wonderfully. It's a genre I love, check back on my old posts for proof but "Your Eyes" is certainly one of the finest dream / noise-pop tracks I can remember.
"Work For Us" transports you to a beautiful dream-like state as the gorgeous harmony equally relaxes and seduces you, as the song progresses it raises in tempo with hollow drums and another expectional guitar solo shimmers. The wistful closure "Hard to Imagine" is equally lovely, continuing the languid and gentle theme, if you are willing to let Magic City into your weekend you might just fall in love.”