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

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