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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.   Intimate
  13.   Alice Practice
  14.   Magic Spells
  15.   Vietnam
  16.   Pap Smear
  17.   Good Time
  18.   Courtship Dating
  19.   Air Wars
  20.   Deicide
  21.   Trash Hologram
  22.   Transgender
  23.   Sad Eyes
  24.   Wrath of God
  25.   1991
  26.   Year of Silence
  27.   Suffocation
  28.   Tell Me What to Swallow
  29.   Love and Caring
  30.   Air War
  31.   Frail
  32.   Telepath
  33.   Violent Youth
  34.   Insulin
  35.   Wrath of God
  36.   Kerosene
  37.   Seed
  38.   Mother Knows Best
  39.   Black Panther
  40.   Knights
  41.   Mercenary
  42.   Violent Dreams
  43.   I Am Made of Chalk
  44.   Fainting Spells
  45.   Doe Deer
  46.   Birds
  47.   Insectica
  48.   Reckless
  49.   Child I Will Hurt You
  50.   Xxzxcuzx Me
  51.   Through the Hosiery
  52.   Crimewave by HEALTH
  53.   Glitter Pills by HEALTH

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