Release Date: April 23rd, 2010
Despite the fact that at times the also self-titled debut album from Canadian experimental duo Crystal Castles was pulsating, shocking and just generally enjoyable, there are bad memories attached to their name: the emergence of the ridiculous “nu-rave” scene. The neon paint, the glowsticks, public schoolboys revelling in ecstasy, while being all alternative by shaving the side of their hair and talking about unicorns. The explosion of teen TV show Skins (which Crystal Castles even appeared on) was the pinnacle of a time when many of my peers became complete morons, and the likes of Klaxons, Foals, Digitalism, Shitdisco and Crystal Castles soundtracked it all.
Two or three years later however thankfully, people have somewhat seen sense and the likes of Crystal Castles have to follow up their hallucinogen induced success with another album. So while the harshness of Alice Glass‘ vocals and the suddenness of some of the keyboard and synth work remain the same, the album has some pop sensibilities and some moments of beauty too.