Crystal Castles, Crystal Castles

Amelia Raitt

By Amelia Raitt

on 04.22.11 in Reviews

Toronto-based Crystal Castles have been saddled with a slew of 21st century microgenre tags (see: nu-rave, chiptune), none of which properly capture the brilliantly damaged pop of their debut self-titled full length. Setting the basic sonic table with 8-bit synths and pounding drum machine, producer and multi-instrumentalist Ethan Kath glitches, tweaks and bumps the tracks into twitchy dance anthems. Singer Alice Glass lets loose; shrieks dip into monotone hums even as the vocals get cut up, modulated, doubled and generally fucked with. Truly ADD-addled, the buzzy tunes on Crystal Castles refuse to sit still: this is how 0s and 1s bump n 'grind.