Boomkat Product Review:
Crepuscule presents a reissue of Crystal World , the debut album by Marnie, the moniker adopted by Ladytron lead singer Helen Marnie for her solo recordings.
"Recorded in Reykjavik, Iceland, Crystal World comprises ten original songs written by Marnie with Ladytron colleague Daniel Hunt. Focus track The Hunter was issued as a single in 2013 and subsequently remixed by Stephen Morris of New Order. “The Hunter is a rippling bit of Moroder by returning producer Hunt,” wrote Pitchfork. “Indeed Crystal World is for all intents and purposes the sixth Ladytron album.”
In fact the sixth Ladytron album is due later in 2018. Meanwhile Crystal World remains a stylish, slow-burn bestseller praised as an “ice-cool selection of shimmering nouveau synth-pop and frosty ballads” by The List, and “gorgeous and delectably glacial” by The Electricity Club.
Frequently Marnie laments the sea, itself so suggestive of change and movement, a feeling which ebbs and flows across the record, luring the listener in despite the gathering emotional storm. Focus track The Hunter was issued as a download single in May 2013. Hearts On Fire is another dark anthem with a pop chorus that builds until it's close. Venturing further into Crystal World, Submariner is a fragile tale to warm the coldest of hearts, while closing track Gold inspires just the right amount of melancholy, at the same time ending with soaring guitars and synths and an immense feeling of hope."