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Crystal Castles

Fusing low-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 a new vocalist named Edith. ~ Heather Phares
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Albums by
Crystal Castles

Top Songs by
Crystal Castles

  1.   Song
  2.   Not In Love
  3.   Crimewave by HEALTH
  4.   Celestica
  5.   Vanished
  6.   Affection
  7.   Untrust Us
  8.   Empathy
  9.   Baptism
  10.   Plague
  11.   Pale Flesh
  12.   Deicide
  13.   Alice Practice
  14.   Pap Smear
  15.   Intimate
  16.   Magic Spells
  17.   Violent Dreams
  18.   Violent Youth
  19.   Courtship Dating
  20.   Good Time
  21.   Telepath
  22.   Suffocation
  23.   Vietnam
  24.   Reckless
  25.   Frail
  26.   Wrath of God
  27.   Kerosene
  28.   Seed
  29.   Black Panther
  30.   Knights
  31.   Child I Will Hurt You
  32.   Transgender
  33.   Year of Silence
  34.   Air War
  35.   Xxzxcuzx Me
  36.   Mercenary
  37.   Sad Eyes
  38.   Wrath of God
  39.   Birds
  40.   Through the Hosiery
  41.   1991
  42.   Love and Caring
  43.   Insulin
  44.   Fainting Spells
  45.   Doe Deer
  46.   Insectica
  47.   Mother Knows Best
  48.   Tell Me What to Swallow
  49.   Trash Hologram
  50.   Air Wars
  51.   I Am Made of Chalk
  52.   Crimewave by HEALTH
  53.   Glitter Pills by HEALTH
  54.   Suffocation Crystal Castles
  55.   Femen
  56.   Fleece
  57.   Char
  58.   Enth
  59.   Sadist
  60.   Teach Her How To Hunt
  61.   Chloroform
  62.   Concrete
  63.   Ornament
  64.   Kept
  65.   Their Kindness Is Charade

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