Twisted Crystal

Guerilla Toss - Twisted Crystal
Critic Score
Based on 9 reviews
2018 Ratings: #282 / 717
User Score
Based on 87 ratings
2018 Ratings: #199
September 14, 2018 / Release Date
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Northern Transmissions

Though it’s admittedly not going to be an album for everyone, this is simultaneously Guerilla Toss’s most accessible but also ambitious record in some time.


By continuing to pare down their approach, Guerrilla Toss have crafted one of the year's most playful and beguiling pop records, an album that can claim a place with GT Ultra at the top of their catalogue.


As wacky as their previous efforts but driven by a greater purpose, Twisted Crystal finds Guerilla Toss hitting a new high.

The Needle Drop

Twisted Crystal is all the zany pop fun of GT Ultra, but set in space and on LSD.

No Ripcord

Twisted Crystal is not pastiche, but it’s a stylistic reminder that music can be exciting, that pop music can be thoughtful and creatively liberating, and that being “catchy” isn’t necessarily a bad thing.


‘Twisted Crystal’ proves the potential of Guerilla Toss as more of a pop-minded band. Not to say it’s definitely their best, or most refined work, but GT are a tour de force here.


On Twisted Crystal, Guerilla Toss journey to the edge of the universe and grapple with the mysteries of human existence. Such adventures can be panic inducing, but here they conquer anxiety through curiosity, finding excitement and even solace in abstruseness.

Tiny Mix Tapes

They’ve left the cutting edge musically, which can have valuable results, but here it feels ambivalent and a little tidy.

Under The Radar

On their third DFA release, Twisted Crystal, Guerilla Toss embrace the candy colored cacophony of their own rules with mixed results.

Maybe my favorite thing from Guerilla Toss so far, a very solid album. The production on here is so diverse, wacky, colorful, and dense, with a funky and psychedelic sound to it all, with some aspects of dream-pop, lo-fi, synth-pop, new-wave, surf-pop, shoegaze, dance, disco, punk, hip-hop and much more. At this point, Guerilla Toss have just established their own kind of sound. Kassie's deliveries on here are catchy and pleasant on the ears, with her own style still present here of her being ... read more
2018 AOTY #48

I've been fascinated by this band ever since I first heard about them back when they were making screechy, psychotic dance punk, and they've finally lived up to their whacky potential with Twisted Crystal. The deep, trippy, new wave-inspired mixes on this album sound like the score to a particularly psychedelic cartoon playing on Adult Swim's late-night block. GT's vocalist proves an apt guide through the chaos too, with her staid, emotionally flat vocal approach accentuating the ... read more
Twisted Crystal is one of the most energetic and eargasmic records you'll hear this year.
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Guerilla Toss do not aim to impress anyone but whether or not they mean to they certainly cant help that they do. Their sound shapes up to form a new organic shape after another. The production is like that of an experimental take of a Mother/Earthbound soundtrack. Twisted Crystal incorporates more sing-songy vibes and symphonic production with same ol' art-punk aesthetic we all know and love them for. Plenty of transitions. Off kilter stylistics. Sounds that resemble a space circus. The ... read more
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#47/The Needle Drop

Track List

  1. Magic Is Easy
  2. Jesus Rabbit
  3. Meteorological
  4. Hacking Machine
  5. Retreat
  6. Come Up with Me
  7. Walls of the Universe
  8. Jackie’s Daughter
  9. Green Apple
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Added on: July 18, 2018