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

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