Crystal Castles

Crystal Castles

With Robert Smith

Here's a tip for you- if you're looking for interesting music, check out whatever Robert Smith thinks is interesting music. The guy seems to have good taste. He led me to Cranes, who have been one of my favorite bands for a long time. Now we have the familiar voice of Robert Smith, paired with the less-familiar sound of Crystal Castles, and their song “Not In Love.”

 

Crystal Castles are a duo from Toronto, Ontario. Alice Glass writes the lyrics and sings the songs (when Robert Smith isn't singing them!) while Ethan Kath puts the music together. They've been described as synth-pop as well as avant-garde electronic dance music.

The story of the band is kind of fun. Alice Glass was a fifteen-year-old singer for a punk band called Fetus Fatale, when Ethan Kath asked her to sing in his recording studio. Without telling her, he made a recording of her singing, and mixed it with his own music for a series of singles released on the internet. By the time she found out they'd been offered a record deal she still didn't know she'd been recorded at all.

 

This is the kind of thing that would probably make most people angry, but she seems to have taken it in stride because they're still touring and recording together today! This track, featuring Robert Smith, is from their second album. Their first album was in 39th place on the “Top 100 Greatest Albums of the Decade” list from NME.

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