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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.   Baptism
  8.   Affection
  9.   Untrust Us
  10.   Concrete
  11.   Char
  12.   Plague
  13.   Pale Flesh
  14.   Intimate
  15.   Pap Smear
  16.   Deicide
  17.   Alice Practice
  18.   Magic Spells
  19.   Seed
  20.   Insulin
  21.   Birds
  22.   Enth
  23.   Frail
  24.   Mother Knows Best
  25.   Vietnam
  26.   Fleece
  27.   Love and Caring
  28.   Sadist
  29.   Child I Will Hurt You
  30.   Transgender
  31.   Knights
  32.   Telepath
  33.   Kerosene
  34.   Year of Silence
  35.   Violent Dreams
  36.   Insectica
  37.   Black Panther
  38.   Reckless
  39.   1991
  40.   Courtship Dating
  41.   Air War
  42.   Xxzxcuzx Me
  43.   Kept
  44.   Chloroform
  45.   Mercenary
  46.   Sad Eyes
  47.   Wrath of God
  48.   Suffocation
  49.   Doe Deer
  50.   Trash Hologram
  51.   Tell Me What to Swallow
  52.   Through the Hosiery
  53.   Teach Her How to Hunt
  54.   Air Wars
  55.   Wrath of God
  56.   Fainting Spells
  57.   I Am Made of Chalk
  58.   Violent Youth
  59.   Their Kindness Is Charade
  60.   Ornament
  61.   Good Time
  62.   Femen

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