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Crystal Castles


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

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