Saturday, 8 May 2010


cover art for 'Crystal Castles (II)'

I have been waiting patiently for their highly anticipated return. Since their last album release in 2008, Ethan Kath and Alice Glass - widely known as Crystal Castles - have recently announced that they will be touring. They happen to be playing at the ABC in October! Finally! I was gutted when I realised I would miss them playing at Rock Ness, so this has made my day completely.

Not only that, I was thankful to discover that their new album, 'Crystal Castles (II)' is available now. I have spent my free time listening to the new album just to grow accustomed to the new material, and I am loving it. It's a grower! Sure, a majority of the 'new' album is very reminiscent of their self titled debut album, but it has not failed to deliver a compilation of tracks that would guarantee a Summer ASBO and the possibility of severe hearing damage.

Tracks such as 'Baptism' , 'Doe Deer' , 'Vietnam' , 'Birds' are all potential floor-filling head bangers that would be perfect for the most unplanned intoxicated night out; whilst other tracks such as 'Celestica' and 'Intimate' have an almost sort of disco-esque beat behind them. The track 'Violent Dreams' has the potential to be included in the soundtrack to your hangover remedy for the day after. The album has created an eclectic balance of 'loud obnoxious filth noise' with the ' ambiently experimentally synthesised' songs, some which are hauntingly reminiscent of a creepy movie; Glass's vocals are the reason behind this!

Though slightly repetitive in small doses throughout, overall I would say the album is worth a listen.

Somebody on YouTube has also recently remixed the track 'Baptism' with Rihanna's 'Rude Boy'. Though the mix is relatively short; lasting just under two minutes; it's a pretty nifty little mash-up.

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