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

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