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Crystal Castles

Fusing lo-res electronic noise and pop hooks so effortlessly that it can seem accidental, Crystal Castles began as producer/multi-instrumentalist Ethan Kath's solo project in late 2003. Kath got the moniker from the name of She-Ra's dwelling in the He-Man and Masters of the Universe cartoon series; it's also the name of a 1983 Atari video game, which is oddly appropriate, considering that one component of the band's distinctive sound comes from a keyboard modified with an Atari 5200 sound chip. When Kath collaborated with singer Alice Glass on some songs in spring 2005, Crystal Castles' lineup was complete. One of the songs the pair recorded, "Alice Practice," was something of an accident: it was intended to be a demo of Glass testing out a microphone, but its presence on MySpace piqued record labels' interest. "Alice Practice" was released as a limited-edition 7" in summer 2006 on Merok Records, also home to Klaxons; its 500-copy run sold out in three days. Kath and Glass worked on their own songs and also honed their remixing skills, tweaking songs for Klaxons as well as GoodBooks, Uffie, Health, and Bloc Party. Tours with the Presets and Metric in 2007 set the stage for the release of Crystal Castles' self-titled debut album, which Last Gang released early in 2008. The duo returned in 2010 with another self-titled album; when it leaked onto the Internet in late April of that year, the band released it digitally soon after, with a physical release following that May. For 2012's more streamlined III, the duo decamped to Warsaw, where they recorded direct to tape, eschewing any computer-assisted recording. Glass left the project in October 2014 to pursue a solo career; in April 2015, Kath resurfaced with a new Crystal Castles track, "Frail," which featured new vocalist Edith Frances. Another new song, "Deicide," surfaced that July, a few months before the new lineup's live debut at the Soundswild Festival in Johannesburg, South Africa that November. The duo debuted more new material in early 2016, and Crystal Castles' fourth album Amnesty appeared that August. ~ Heather Phares
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  1.   Song
  2.   Not In Love
  3.   Crimewave
  4.   Celestica
  5.   Vanished
  6.   Empathy
  7.   Affection
  8.   Untrust Us
  9.   Baptism
  10.   Concrete
  11.   Ornament
  12.   Plague
  13.   Pale Flesh
  14.   Pap Smear
  15.   Alice Practice
  16.   Intimate
  17.   Deicide
  18.   Magic Spells
  19.   Suffocation
  20.   Xxzxcuzx Me
  21.   Air War
  22.   Transgender
  23.   Birds
  24.   Black Panther
  25.   1991
  26.   Good Time
  27.   Kept
  28.   Enth
  29.   Char
  30.   Frail
  31.   Child I Will Hurt You
  32.   Telepath
  33.   Kerosene
  34.   Vietnam
  35.   Mother Knows Best
  36.   Through the Hosiery
  37.   Knights
  38.   Their Kindness Is Charade
  39.   Fleece
  40.   Femen
  41.   Air Wars
  42.   Wrath of God
  43.   Mercenary
  44.   Insulin
  45.   Violent Dreams
  46.   Doe Deer
  47.   Trash Hologram
  48.   Tell Me What to Swallow
  49.   Insectica
  50.   Fainting Spells
  51.   Seed
  52.   Reckless
  53.   Courtship Dating
  54.   Chloroform
  55.   Teach Her How to Hunt
  56.   Violent Youth
  57.   Sad Eyes
  58.   Wrath of God
  59.   Year of Silence
  60.   I Am Made of Chalk
  61.   Love and Caring
  62.   Sadist
  63.   Crimewave by HEALTH
  64.   Glitter Pills by HEALTH

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