[Audio] Crystal Castles’ ‘Frail’

 

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What do Crystal Castles sound like without Alice Glass? Well, it looks like were about to find out. Really, we weren’t sure Crystal Castles was even still a thing, but the remaining member, Ethan Kath, has just uploaded a brand new tune, with vocals by someone called Edith, titled Frail. The accompanying blub feels a tad bitchy: “I wish my former vocalist the best of luck in her future endeavours. I think it can be empowering for her to be in charge of her own project. It should be rewarding for her considering she didn’t appear on Crystal Castles’ best known songs. (She’s not on “Untrust Us”. “Not In Love”, “Vanished”, “Crimewave”, “Vietnam”, “Magic Spells”, “Knights”, “Air War”, “Leni”, “Lovers Who Uncover”, “Violent Youth”, “Reckless”, “Year of Silence”, “Intimate”, “1991”, “Good Time”, “Violent Dreams”, etc.). People often gave her credit for my lyrics and that was fine, I didn’t care.”. Honestly, we didn’t know she wasn’t on so many of CC’s hits, but she was still the front-person of the band; the bands energy and face. We guess we’ll just have to see where things progress to from here.

Frail does sound sounds pretty Crystal Castles-y. I don’t know why we might have expected it to sound otherwise. The rousing and evocative rave synths are in place, alongside the pounding drums and heavily modulated vocals. It has the driving energy of the best of Crystal Castles. The beats sound a little disjointed, but that grows on you. It’s a solid Crystal Castles tune, but we can’t help feeling that Alice’s departure might have been a good point to try something different. nonetheless, it;s nice to have a new CC tune on the playlist.

♫ Crystal Castles – Frail

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[Video] Crystal Castles’ ‘Sad Eyes’

Here’s the fuzzy video for Crystal Castles’ next single Sad Eyes, from their recent, thirdly self-titled (or III) album.

Rob Hawkins and Marc Pannozzo direct this gritty VHS fest which features footage filmed at CC’s Berlin and Toronto live dates, and some serial killer-eqsue nonsense..

Crystal Castles’ III is out now.

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Crystal Castles’ ‘Affection’

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Here’s out third crack at Canadian noiseniks Crystal Castles new album (III), or Crystal Castles again, depending on your viewpoint. Coming Mid-November, the hints of the album we have has so far, Plague and Wrath Of God point toward a more emotional, more musical album. This new tune, Affection, definitely reinforces that notion.

Affection is a dreamlike collision of Electro beats and 90s Trance arpeggios creating a strangely comforting blanket of synths. Warping noises ebb and flow out of the track while Alice Glass’ vocal circles the track like a lost ghost. We are finding ourselves looking forward to (III) a lot more than we were (II). It should be interesting at the very least, and if Crystal Castles continue to break their own mold as the do here, could be something special.

♫ Crystal Castles – Affection

Crystal Castles’ (III) is released 12th November.

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Crystal Castles’ ‘Wrath Of God’

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Crystal Castles are seriously starting to work toward the release of their third album, titled (III), which we presume means it’s actually titled Crystal Castles again. Wrath Of God is the second track from the forthcoming record to be released.

(III) has been produced entirely by CC’s Ethan Kath in a computer free zone. Everything has been, apparently, recorded directly to tape (which will make their live shows interesting), that;s not to say there is still a lot of drum programming and arpeggiating going on. Wrath Of God is a majestic tune, more haunting than we’re used to from CC and may be an indication of the different mood on the new album. The booming beat, bit-crunched synths and distant, wailing, vocals are still present, but tempered with a misty production style and shimmering, ghostly, piano. The album should be an interesting affair.

Crystal Castles – Wrath Of God

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Crystal Castles’ new tune

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Crystal Castles have dropped a brand new tune, supposedly from their forthcoming new album. Can anyone guess the albums title? We have our suspicions. It’s the first new track they’ve released this year and if taken in context with their second album shows the continues mellowing of Crystal Castles sound.

Plague sees a more melodic, dare I say it, more emotional, Crystal Castles. Alice’s lament cuts through the wall of chord driven noise like a knife. It all sounds like shouty CC of old, or at least all the elements are there, but there seems to be more effort to emotionally connect with the listener. Which both works and is no bad thing. If a wall of piercing synth tones if going to hit you in the face like a fist, at least it can make you understand it’s motivations.

Crystal Castles – Plague

Crystal Castles current (and second) self titled about is out now, their third record is due out in September.

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Crystal Castles’ ‘Suffocation’ video

Crystal Castles’ new video for ‘Suffocation’, taken from their second self-titled album, sees Alice gothed up mocking around an abandoned Ney York mansion.

The clip was directed by follow Castle Ethan Kath as part of a shoot for VS. Magazine.

Long time Crystal Castle cohorts, LA’s  noisy Indie-Electro outfit HEALTH have whipped up a pretty deep and hypnotic mix of the tune for a forthcoming reMix package.

Crystal Castles – Suffocation (HEALTH reMix)

Crystal Castles second self-titled album is out now. A new album is due out this summer.

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Crystal Castles Featuring Robert Smith

We heard from a few sources earlier in the week that ElectroPunks Crystal Castles were releasing, as a future single, a version of ‘Not In Love’, from their second self-titled album, that would feature the vocals of The Cure frontman Robert Smith.

Well here it is! It’s actually a lot better than I thought it would be, somehow it just works. Robert Smith’s unmistakable voice sits atop Crystal Castles’ noisy electronics surprisingly well. It may have been one of CC’s poppier songs to begin with but I wasn’t expecting the collaboration to sound so ‘right’.

Crystal Castles (Feat. Robert Smith) – Not In Love

Also, Crystal Castes sound odd with legible vocals!

‘Not In Love’ will be Crystal Castles’ next single, after ‘Baptism’, on 6th December.

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Crystal Castles’ ‘Baptism’ video

Here is the official video for Crystal Castles’ 2nd single from their 2nd self titled album.

While looking pretty low budget it, strangely, it feels like a ‘proper pop video’. maybe it reminds me of clips from the 80’s, maybe it’s ‘cos it focuses mostly on Alice singing, I don’t know.

Check it:

The video was directed by Rob Hawkins.

Crystal Castles @ Beatport

Crystal Castles @ Juno

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Midnight Conspiracy turn Crystal Castles into Italo monster!

Woah! ‘Vietnam’ was one of the cooler tracks of Crystal Castles’ second self-titled albums, it’s heavy arpeggiated bassline counterpointed with sparkling bells was pretty infections, but Midnight Conspiracy (them of the rad Chromeo and Esser reMixes) have turned it into an awesome Italo influenced Nu-Disco monster!

There’s a lot of 80’s Pop in the mix too, the claps, the lead line, the FM bassline…this is about as perfect a reMix, of quite a disjointed track, as you could get. It even drops some 8-bit sounds toward the end, something for everybody (well, me anyway)!

Crystal Castles – Vietnam (Midnight Conspiracy reMix)

‘Vietnam’ is taken from Crystal Castles second album.

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Crystal Castles ‘Celestica’ reMix

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‘Celestica’ was a pleasant surprise of a single. Although not Crystal Castles first endeavour in melody it was a slick, sweet slice of melodic ElectroPop, unexpected, but welcome.

Professor Purple drops 8-bit sounds and Electro-House sawtooth synths over it, which, ironically, kinda’ re-Crystal Castles-izes the track but also brings the track straight to Dreamwave dancefloors!

Crystal Castles – Celestica (Professor Purple reMix) (zShare) (MediaFire)

‘Celestica’ is out now digitally.

Crystal Castles @ Beatport

Crystal Castles @ Juno

Crystal Castles @ 7Digital

Crystal Castles @ Amazon