Crystal Castles - Crystal Castles II - 2 - 2010 Indie Electro Noise - Sealed 2LP + Poster

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Crystal Castles - Crystal Castles
(aka Crystal Castles II)

Label: Universal Motown – B0014458-01
Fiction – Lies Records – Last Gang Records –
Format: 2 × Vinyl, LP, Gatefold Cover
Original New Sealed Copy
Picture foldout with credits. Includes a poster.
Country: US
Released: 04 Jun 2010
Genre: Rock
Style: Leftfield, Electro, Euro House, Indie Rock, Noise


Tracklist


A1 Fainting Spells
Recorded By [Vocals] – Lexxx 2:43
A2 Celestica
Mixed By – E. Kath
Producer [Additional] – Paul Epworth
Recorded By [Vocals] – Paul Epworth 3:50
A3 Doe Deer
Mixed By – E. Kath
Recorded By [Vocals] – Matthew Wagner 1:37



B1 Baptism
Recorded By [Vocals] – Alex Bonenfant
Written-By – L. Leeder
Producer [Music] – Jacknife Lee 4:12
B2 Year Of Silence
Written-By – Sigur Ros 4:53
B3 Empathy
Producer – Alex Bonenfant 4:11



C1 Suffocation
Mixed By – Alex Bonenfant
Producer – Jacknife Lee
Recorded By [Vocals] – Alex Bonenfant 4:02
C2 Violent Dreams
Written-By – S. Nordenstam 4:35
C3 Vietnam
Producer – Jacknife Lee
Written-By – S. Nordenstam 5:08
C4 Birds
Recorded By [Guitar And Vocals] – Alex Bonenfant
Recorded By [Guitar Solo] – Paul Epworth 2:30



D1 Pap Smear
Recorded By [Vocals] – Alex Bonenfant 3:42
D2 Not In Love
Mixed By – E. Kath
Written-By – Mark Holmes 3:33
D3 Intimate
Drums [Drum Solo] – Christopher Chartrand
Mixed By – Alex Bonenfant
Recorded By [Drums] – Alex Bonenfant 4:45
D4 I Am Made Of Chalk
Producer [Additional Vocal Production] – Paul Epworth 3:09

Credits
Drums [Live Drums] – Christopher Chartrand
Mastered By – Nilesh Patel
Mixed By – Lexxx (tracks: 1, 4 to 11)
Other [Cover Model] – X Tecumseh Clark
Photography – Todd Tamanend Clark
Photography [Band Photo] – Marc Pannozzo
Producer – E. Kath
Written-By – A. Glass (tracks: 1 to 4, 6, 7, 10, 11, 13), E. Kath
(tracks: 1 to 11, 13, 14)

℗ 2010 Polydor Ltd, under exclusive license to Universal Motown Records, a division of UMG Recordings, Inc. 1755 Broadway, New York, NY 10019. Distributed by Universal Music Distribution. All rights reserved.


Crystal Castles took video game tonality to a whole new level with their self-titled debut. Simple melodies electronically spelled out in front of brilliantly executed club beats were all the convincing critics needed for stellar reviews. Although Crystal Castles was embraced exponentially more in Europe, they rode the coat tails of bands like Daft Punk and Justice into American clubs.

With their second self-titled album, Crystal Castles have maintained a great deal of that 8-bit Atari sound while expanding and evolving into something much more. It is possible fans may find their new samples a bit less endearing with decreased nostalgia for sounds of their childhood, but the duo made up of Ethan Kath and Alice Glass certainly have some tricks up their sleeves that are worth giving a chance.

Crystal Castles opens with "Fainting Spells," a sort of nod to the duo's previous work, relies on a great deal of classic samples while discernable lyrics remain absent. As soon as "Celestica" begins, however, it is clear Crystal Castles have opted for change. Low bit samples are replaced with shimmering synthesizers that float above Alice Glass' vocals. Rather than continuing this relaxed club feel into the body of the record, "Doe Deer" provides Crystal Castles with a chaotic twist on the very next track.

One of the shining moments of the sophomore album comes from a techno cover of Sigur Ros' "Year of Silence." With music that nearly defines the opposite of Sigur Ros' musical style, Jonsi's vocals blend perfectly with the rhythmic style Crystal Castles has created.

With their second self-titled album, there is certainly plenty of creativity full of sounds never heard before in popular music. By the time "I am Made of Chalk" closes the album, Crystal Castles have set themselves apart from the other electronic artists making names for themselves today. Crystal Castles will doubtfully become a household name anytime soon, but anyone capable of opening their minds to a bit of the obscure will be greatly rewarded with this record.








Crystal Castles - Baptism


I like that I can't understand what she's saying, it makes her voice like a lead sound/instrument and the melody is written in such a way that it's enjoyable with or without words.

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Crystal Castles - Celestica


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Crystal Castles - Year Of Silence

One of the shining moments of the sophomore album comes from a techno cover of Sigur Ros' "Year of Silence." With music that nearly defines the opposite of Sigur Ros' musical style, Jonsi's vocals blend perfectly with the rhythmic style Crystal Castles has created.

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More Information
Condition New
Format 2LP
Label Fiction Records
Color Black