Crystal Castles Spread Graveyard-Rave 'Plague' on First Track From New LP

"Plague" album art
Marc Hogan WRITTEN BY
Marc Hogan

Crystal Castles are back, and it's beautifully terrifying. The time since the Canadian duo's second self-titled album a couple of years ago has only brought more competition in the "spooky, basement-ready electronic pop" category, most notably from Purity Ring, whose (admittedly more twee-leaning) Shrines came out this week after a string of near-perfect singles, but also from "witch-house" acts like Balam Acab. But Crystal Castles' Alice Glass and Ethan Kath are interested in strobe lights and strangulated screams, not synchronized lanterns or future-R&B lullabies, and on the newly posted "Plague," they mark their return with a vengeance that reminds you exactly what we've been missing since 2010. From Crystal Castles' upcoming album, a publicist confirms, the track is a study in contrasts — just check out the SoundCloud waveform. One moment Glass is cooing softly over ominously flickering synth washes. The next she's shrieking through a sternum-rattling fog. Download the song below, then watch Crystal Castles play it live during their set last month in Manchester, England.

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