Crystal Castles “Crystal Castles” (2010)

November 24, 2011

The second, also self-titled album by Crystal Castles was recorded in such places as a closed church in Iceland or a cabin in Ontario so it is natural that coldness penetrated these tracks for good. Vietnam is the best example of the new sound of the duo: a spine-chilling tale of terror with some icy synths, frigid electronic backing and unintelligible vocals. The Game Boy noises so audibly present on the previous effort are hard to find. Crystal Castles (2010) is much darker than its predecessor and it is a quite depressive affair. On every level, Alice and Ethan step forwards. Year of Silence is what you would expect from Sigur Rós’ Jónsi if he died and dug out of his grave as a singing zombie. Violent Dreams is ethereal and this kind of slumber that leaves you with unidentified anxiety. On I Am Made of Chalk Alice gurgles, I must cite Pitchfork, like the monster from J. J. Abrams’ Cloverfield. It is really disturbing as you cannot say if she is in pain or in rapture. Not in Love is terrific as far as you listen to the remix with Robert Smith of The Cure. The best reason to hear the album is, however, Celestica. It feels out of place and CC are yet to outdo this sublime masterpiece which starts with the following lyrics As we fall into sequence / And we’re eating our young to come up to a disorienting plea of a lost soul When it’s cold outside hold me / Don’t hold me / When I choose to rest my eyes coax me / Don’t coax me.

hydrameter: 4/5

Key Tracks: Celestica, Doe Deer, I Am Made of Chalk, Intimate, Not in Love, Vietnam, Violent Dreams, Year of Silence

Watch Celestica: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IsxNUl1IHnE

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2 Responses to “Crystal Castles “Crystal Castles” (2010)”

  1. whitebile said

    Today you had the fate of this band in your hands. Why didn’t you take it with you? hmmm maybe because of security man 😛

  2. He was too big for me…

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