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.
By Marc Hogan on 10.08.14 in News
Crystal Castles singer Alice Glass is leaving the band she started a decade ago in Toronto with producer Ethan Kath, with plans to launch a solo career. "My art and my self-expression in any form has always been an at...
By Andrew Parks on 11.13.12 in Reviews
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By Jonah Bromwich on 10.29.13 in Reviews
Early in his career, the Halifax producer Ryan Hemsworth consumed various genres and styles of music with a kind of unfocused musical gluttony. Trap music, a loose term used to define the heavy, martial production of Sou...