Crystal Castles “Crystal Castles” (2008)

November 23, 2011

Among the most distinctive acts to appear in the second half of the noughties were Crystal Castles. They are not really famous for music but for their riot-like gigs. Alice Glass, the vocalist, would scream, run, climb, dive, spit, and who knows what else. Even a serious injury could not stop her from playing. She is the face of the duo but as usual in such cases the mastermind stays in the shadow. Ethan Khan, the producer, is responsible for Crystal Castles’ bleeps and jarrings. Their music often sounds as if taken from a Nintendo video game: primitive but charming (Untrust Us). Unless it’s aggressive as a band of yobs smashing your car (Xxzxcuzx Me). They rely heavily on samples and are fond of voice manipulation which should not come as a surpsrise. Crystal Castles are meant to polarise. It is nothing special, however, that what is a salvation for some, it is a heresy for others. But all of them will be taken by the closing Tell Me What to Swallow. Beautiful stuff.

hydrameter: 4/5

Key Tracks: Alice Practice, Courtship Dating, Tell Me What to Swallow, Untrust Us, Xxzxcuzx Me

Watch Courtship Dating:


One Response to “Crystal Castles “Crystal Castles” (2008)”

  1. Martin(a) said

    I’ll tell you what to swallow…maybe not here 😉 😉 call me ASAP ^^

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