5 Jul 2014

Crystal Magic

Fraser Crystal MagicFraser Austin cutting CD sleeves, photo by Emma Smith

EYELINER BLINKCrystal Magic Records, run by Fraser Austin of Secrets and Pig Out, is home to a roster of artists with a love of soft synths, pastel gradients, and community in virtual spaces.

The label was given an international boost a couple of years back when one of their artists, Eyeliner, was championed as a pillar of the emerging Vaporwave scene.

Crystal Magic recently moved back to New Zealand after a stint in Sydney.

Emma Smith went to the kitchen/bedroom/office space of label head Fraser Austin to meet some of the roster and find out where it all began.

Vaporwave 101

Want to know more about Vaporwave? Check out Eyeliner's Top Five Vaporwave Essentials.

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Playlist

Artist: Secrets
Song: Bronze
Composer: Austin
Album: Critical Hits II
Label: Crystal Magic

Artist: Michael Land
Song: The Scumm Bar
Composer: Michael Land
Album: The Secret of Monkey Island
Label: Lucasfilm Games

Artist: Secrets
Song: Slacker
Composer: Austin
Album: Slacker
Label: Crystal Magic

Artist: Frase + Bri
Song: He's Going To Art School
Composer: Austin
Album: A Low Hum Issue 20
Label: A Low Hum

Artist: Golden Axe
Song: Free Time
Composer: Golden Axe
Album: Fantasy Footwork
Label: Crystal Magic

Artist: Lttle Phnx
Song: IWantTo
Composer: Beeler
Album: L'Esprit Luvrs
Label:Crystal Magic

Artist: Lttle Phnx
Song: Koromiko
Composer: Beeler
Album: Pyrexia
Label: Crystal Magic

Artist: Eyeliner
Song: America
Composer: Rowell
Album: High Fashion Mood Music
Label: Crystal Magic

Artist: Napolian
Song: All Night Long
Composer: Napolian
Album: Computer Dreams
Label: Beer On The Rug

Artist: Eyeliner
Song: iPod Touch
Composer: Rowell
Album: LARP of Luxury
Label: Crystal Magic

Artist: Daif
Song: Long Peace
Composer: King
Album: 2017
Label: Crystal Magic

Artist: Eyeliner
Song: Sauvignon Blanc
Composer: Rowell
Album: LARP of Luxury
Label:Crystal Magic