Crystal Castles


So, after countless singles, the king and queen of the 8-bit Atari-core universe finally have gotten around to releasing a full-length. Only, it's not really a proper full-length per se, rather, the duo's eponymous debut is (partly) a collection of singles you previously had to scour eBay (or Oink!) to hear, plus a cache of new tracks that point towards a better and brighter tomorrow. By now, anybody with even a passing interest in electro/dance music has hurled themselves around a dance floor to "Air War"'s low-res demonic groove, or pogo'd along with "Alice Practice"'s mutated take on niggling synth-pop, Glass' serrated wail occasional reminiscent of (Glass Candy's) Ida No's sultry-yet-satanic cry. "Love and Caring" and "Magic Spells" find Ethan Kath streamlining his diabolical dance-rock deconstruction into finely-honed and incessantly catchy robotic love anthems; microchip-melting lullabies for all the bit-torrent lovers and fluoro-paint kids to call their own while dancing like they haven't another care in the world.


"Alice Practice"





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