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

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