Artist Name: Crystal Castles

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Crystal CastlesCrystal Castles are an experimental electronic band which formed in 2003 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada and currently consists of Ethan Kath and vocalist Edith Frances.

They are named after the lyrics "The fate of the world is safe in Crystal Castles" and "Crystal Castles, the source of all power" both from the theme song for She-Ra's fortress. They are known for their melancholic lo-fi sound and their explosive live shows. Their debut album was included in NME's "Top 50 Albums of the Decade".

Initially the band was a solo project started by Ethan Kath in December 2003. Ethan later discovered Alice Glass singing in a noise-punk band, and thought he had found the "missing ingredient" to his music. In 2004 Ethan gave Alice 60 instrumental tracks and in April 2005 she recorded vocals over five instrumentals. The band's first single Alice Practice was actually a microphone test by Glass. She was not aware that the recording existed until London UK's Merok Records asked to release the track on vinyl. The limited release sold out in 3 days.

In 18 March 2008 they released their debut album entitled Crystal Castles. This album reached #47 on UK Albums Chart, #6 on US Top Electronic Albums, #13 on US Top Heatseekers, and #32 on US Independent Albums. Crystal Castles received great reviews and ranked #39 on NME Magazine "Top 50 Albums of the Decade". They issued four singles: Alice Practice (1 June 2006), Crimewave (Crystal Castles vs HEALTH) (13 August 2007), Air War (17 December 2007), and Courtship Dating (31 March 2008).

Crystal Castles are known not only for their own efforts as a band, but also for commissioned remixes for number of groups, including Hunting For Witches by Bloc Party, and Atlantis to Interzone by friends and label mates, Klaxons.

In mid-2008, Crystal Castles were involved in two controversies related to artwork permissions and samples in their earliest unreleased songs. Crystal Castles used Trevor Brown's artwork (depicting a black-eyed Madonna) without permission. - In one of Kath's earliest, unreleased demos, he incorporated a sample without permission. The track, "Insectica (CC vs Lo-Bat Version)", uses clips chopped out of a song by Lo-bat called "My Little Droid Needs a Hand", released under a Creative Commons license. Another track called "Love and Caring", samples the kick and snare from Covox's "Sunday".

In 23 April 2010 the duo released their second album Crystal Castles (II). This album reached #48 on UK Singles Chart, #8 on UK Dance Albums Chart, #24 on US Digital Albums, #6 on US Top Electronic Albums, and #3 on US Top Heatseekers. Crystal Castles (II) has been met with mostly positive reviews from critics. To date, three singles were issued: Doe Deer, Celestica and Baptism. In late 2010, the band issued the non-album single Not In Love which featured Robert Smith of The Cure on vocals.

The band toured throughout 2010 in the US and abroad and played the Reading and Leeds Festivals and Glastonbury Festival in the UK and Big Day Out in Australia. In February 2011, the band will perform on the NME Awards Tour

The band's third album, (III) was released on November 21, 2012. The album contains the singles "Plague", "Wrath of God", and "Sad Eyes".

On October 8th 2014 it was announced on Alice Glass' Twitter that she was leaving the band. However, Crystal Castles' manager immediately reported that the band would continue, and on April 15th, 2015, Ethan Kath shared a new track titled Frail on SoundCloud, writing 'this is Edith on vocals'. On 2 July 2015, another new song, Deicide, was released as a single. A new version of Deicide was later released on the album under the title Their Kindness is Charade. In late November 2015, Edith Frances played her first show as the other half of Crystal Castles in South Africa.
In the last week of June 2016, the track Concrete was leaked on Korean website MNet. The track was later released as a single on July 6 with an accompanying video Video on the same day on YouTube. On June 29, the band previewed a new track Femen with a teaser of the music Video showing birds caught and struggling in mist nets via Vimeo.

On July 11, the band announced the new record, Amnesty (I) along with its cover art and track list and also premiering Char as Annie Mac's Hottest Record on BBC Radio 1. The single and pre-order for the album were made available a day later on July 12.
The fourth, and last pre-order single Fleece was made available on August 16 at the band's iTunes page. Another single titled Sadist was released on August 18, followed by the official release of the album on August 19, 2016. Track Sadist was followed by Edith´s message announced on CC official Facebook page.

On their official website CC announced that all band's proceeds from Amnesty (I) album will be donated to Amnesty International. New album Vinyl and CD includes bonus track Kept.

http://www.crystalcastles.com

Top Track of Atist: Crystal Castles

Untrust Us - Crystal Castles

Untrust Us

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Vanished - Crystal Castles

Vanished

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Alice Practice - Crystal Castles

Alice Practice

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Air War - Crystal Castles

Air War

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Not in Love - Crystal Castles

Not in Love

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Crimewave - Crystal Castles

Crimewave

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Magic Spells - Crystal Castles

Magic Spells

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Baptism - Crystal Castles

Baptism

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Courtship Dating - Crystal Castles

Courtship Dating

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Celestica - Crystal Castles

Celestica

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Knights - Crystal Castles

Knights

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1991 - Crystal Castles

1991

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Empathy - Crystal Castles

Empathy

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Tell Me What to Swallow - Crystal Castles

Tell Me What to Swallow

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Good Time - Crystal Castles

Good Time

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Black Panther - Crystal Castles

Black Panther

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XXZXCUZX Me - Crystal Castles

XXZXCUZX Me

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Love and Caring - Crystal Castles

Love and Caring

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Suffocation - Crystal Castles

Suffocation

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Reckless - Crystal Castles

Reckless

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Through the Hosiery - Crystal Castles

Through the Hosiery

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Year of Silence - Crystal Castles

Year of Silence

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Doe Deer - Crystal Castles

Doe Deer

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Fainting Spells - Crystal Castles

Fainting Spells

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Vietnam - Crystal Castles

Vietnam

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Pap Smear - Crystal Castles

Pap Smear

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Violent Dreams - Crystal Castles

Violent Dreams

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Intimate - Crystal Castles

Intimate

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Birds - Crystal Castles

Birds

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Plague - Crystal Castles

Plague

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Affection - Crystal Castles

Affection

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I Am Made of Chalk - Crystal Castles

I Am Made of Chalk

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Wrath of God - Crystal Castles

Wrath of God

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Kerosene - Crystal Castles

Kerosene

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Sad Eyes - Crystal Castles

Sad Eyes

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Pale Flesh - Crystal Castles

Pale Flesh

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Transgender - Crystal Castles

Transgender

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Violent Youth - Crystal Castles

Violent Youth

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Insulin - Crystal Castles

Insulin

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Child I Will Hurt You - Crystal Castles

Child I Will Hurt You

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Telepath - Crystal Castles

Telepath

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Mercenary - Crystal Castles

Mercenary

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Char - Crystal Castles

Char

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Trash Hologram - Crystal Castles

Trash Hologram

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Mother Knows Best - Crystal Castles

Mother Knows Best

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Frail - Crystal Castles

Frail

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Dolls - Crystal Castles

Dolls

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