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

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