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Crystal Castles

Formed December 2003.
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Crystal Castles Mini Mix

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Biography

Crystal Castles is an experimental electronic band formed in 2004 in Toronto consisting of producer Ethan Kath and vocalist Alice Glass. The duo is known for their chaotic live shows and lo-fi melancholic homemade productions. They released many limited vinyl EPs between 2006 and 2007.

In 2006, their first single/EP "Alice Practice" was released on vinyl and was limited to 500 copies, which sold out in 3 days. Their debut album, Crystal Castles, was released in 2008 and was listed on NME's "Top 100 Greatest Albums of the Decade" list at No. 39.

In 2010, they announced their second album, titled Crystal Castles aka (II), after they released their first studio EP, Celestica/Doe Deer. The album was their first release to chart on the Billboard Hot 100, and includes their first worldwide charting single, "Not In Love", featuring Robert Smith of The Cure. The album has received general acclaim and was placed on many 2010 top critics lists.

Their third album, (III), was released on November 12, 2012. 4 singles have been released: "Plague", "Wrath of God", "Sad Eyes", "Affection".

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BBC Reviews

  1. Review of Crystal Castles (III)

    Crystal Castles (III) 2012

    Reviewed by Darren Loucaides
    Planet-sized third set from the Toronto duo.
  2. Review of Crystal Castles (II)

    Crystal Castles (II) 2010

    Reviewed by Chris Parkin
    A terrific return that retains all of the weirdness and edge of their debut.
  3. Review of Crystal Castles

    Crystal Castles 2008

    Reviewed by Sophie Hammer
    With such sublime depth on offer, Crystal Castles marks a nuanced emotional territory...
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