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Friday, 27 May 2011

Crystal Castles - Crystal Castles LP 2010

What is it?
Canadian duo Ethan Kath and Alice Glass serve up a surprising and challenging feast of low-fi electronic oddities.

Why should you listen?
This is not what I expected from Crystal Castles at all. I'd misguidedly tagged them as quirky commercial pop, but this album is so much more than that. In fact at times it's inaccessible and really hard work. It's sort of lo-fi electronica with shouty vocals slightly reminiscent of Huggy Bear, but with odd little pop hooks thrown in to spice things up. There's a bit of a 'Tricky Disco' trashy, tacky feel to things, rather than any more overt 80's comparisons. A surprising little gem of an album.

What's it like?
It's like a female cyberman chasing you through an eighties style video game.

What's the best song?
"Crimewave" - against my better judgement I really love this.

Who does it sound like?
Reminds me of Sheep on Drugs, Ladytron, LCD Soundsystem.

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