Album: Crystal Castles, Crystal Castles (Fiction)
Friday 21 May 2010
Like earlier electro-punk art-terrorist duo Suicide, Crystal Castles have opted to use just the band name, for the second time, as the title of their second album.
It's far from the only aspect they share with Suicide, with songs such as "Empathy", "Suffocation" and the single "Celestica" relying on the alliance of Alice Glass's sensuous vocal murmurs with the waspish synth buzzes and undulating electronic stutters from which Ethan Kath sculpts the electropop grooves. The effect can be eerily seductive, with Glass pleading: "When it's cold outside, hold me tight, hold me" through "Celestica"; but elsewhere, they veer sharply from such comforts: "Fainting Spells" is a brutalist collage of sonic extremity, while the overdriven synth riff and vocal squawk of "Doe Deer" echoes the antagonistic brevity of Atari Teenage Riot.
Download this: Celestica; Empathy; Suffocation
TV reviewBroadcasting House was preparing for a visit from Prince Charles spoiler alert
Glastonbury Michael Eavis reveals final headline act 'most likely' British pair
Film Ewan McGregor joins star-studded Beauty and the Beast cast as Lumiere
TVThe Island with Bear Grylls under fire after male contestants kill and eat rare crocodile
Grace Dent on TV The Secret Life of the Pub is sexist, ageist and a breath of fresh air
Arts & Ents blogs
- 1 Migrant crisis: Greek soldier saved 20 people singlehandedly off Rhodes beach
- 2 Frank Lampard's face drops when Holly Willoughby introduces him as a 'Man City legend'
- 3 UK weather: Britain braced for snow as arctic air mass moves in
- 4 Aaron and Melissa Klein: Oregon anti-gay bakers ordered to pay $135,000 after refusing to make cake for same-sex wedding
- 5 General Election 2015: Stephen Hawking says he will vote Labour
General Election 2015: Chuka Umunna on the benefits of immigration, humility – and his leader Ed Miliband
The sickening truth about food banks that the Tories don't want you to know
Aaron and Melissa Klein: Oregon anti-gay bakers ordered to pay $135,000 after refusing to make cake for same-sex wedding
Andrew Lloyd Webber: Phantom of the Opera writer mocked after issuing a warning about Ed Miliband and Nicola Sturgeon
General election 2015: Labour will toughen hate crimes legislation surrounding Islamophobia
HSBC review into moving headquarters from UK 'underway'