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

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