Crystal Castles' "Not in Love" Featuring Robert Smith

Crystal Castles' "Not in Love" Featuring Robert Smith

Cure frontman lends vocals to remix

Since the release of their last album in 2008, it seems like the Cure have been keeping a low profile on the music scene. They’ve got plans to headline Bestival in September, but other than that the English band has been keeping quiet. Robert Smith, however, seems to be aware of his own role as an icon in the music scene. He’s the singer for one of the most famous alt-rock bands to come out of England in the ‘80s, and to boot he looks like a character from a certain Neil Gaiman graphic novel. I saw The Cure perform at Curiosa Festival back in 2004. Smith especially still has great stage presence despite the fact that he’s been working with the same band for about thirty years. Most frontmen lose stamina or interest, but Smith keeps plowing ahead with the one band. They’ve maintained their sound as well; the band’s thirteenth album, 4:13 Dream, was met with solid reviews. And Robert Smith recently lent his vocals to a remix of the Crystal Castles tune “Not in Love”. 

I’m glad Smith at least has been keeping active within music. I grew up hearing his voice around the radio; he was the first person I ever knew to sing with an accent. His vocal style is pretty iconic in itself, so it’s great to hear it within different contexts around the music scene. I already had the original track by Crystal Castles, which is in itself a cover of Platinum Blonde’s original, but its hazy, distorted vocals sound anemic upon contrast with Smith’s. It’s definitely an improvement upon a remake of an old ‘80s tune. But it doesn’t come out sounding like an ‘80s Cure track; it’s dancier, fresher, with Smith’s vocals warming up the icy beats and adding dimension to the whole song. Check it out below: