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

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