Crystal Castles, 'Crystal Castles' (Last Gang)

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Crystal Castles
Critical Mass
Label: Last Gang

by Mosi Reeves

This Toronto duo conjure synthesizer disco from nostalgic Nintendo bliss, with Ethan Kath floating ancient video-game melodies over bewitching rhythm tracks ("Knights," "Magic Spells"). His hooky charms ease the ferocity of singer Alice Glass' panting wails and loopy, sarcastic screams. But ultimately, Glass' voice reveals an underlying warmth, making Crystal Castles' cyborglike persona unexpectedly (and uncomfortably) real. "Just because we don't feel flesh," she shouts over the digital laser attack of "Xxzxcuzx Me," "doesn't mean we don't fear death."

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