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REVIEW: Crystal Castles - Amnesty (I)

REVIEW: Crystal Castles - Amnesty (I)

By: Daniel Ward
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A review of the Crystal Castles release “Amnesty (I).”


Canadian experimental electronic group Crystal Castles released a trilogy of critically acclaimed albums in the late double-ohs and the early twenty-tens.  Over the past two years, however, the duo has received much criticism due to some big changes.  Frontwoman, Alice Glass, left the group contentiously in October 2014.  Taking over on vocals is the still mysterious Edith Frances, who hails from a small town in Iowa and has never been in a band before.


Crystal Castles new album, Amnesty (I), was recorded at London’s famed Konk Studios, which was founded by The Kinks.  Multi-instrumentalist Ethan Kath—the other half of Crystal Castles—discussed in interviews that he received inspiration for the record when Amnesty International asked him to produce a song for a charity release.  He thought instead of just a song, why not an entire album.  In fact, all the proceeds from Amnesty (I) have been confirmed that they will now go to Amnesty International.  Musically the new album captures the soundscapes that made the group famous: they’re full of beauty and emotional intensity.  Lyrically, the album touches on themes of oppression and liberation.


Opening track, “Fermen” sets the record off with a lush choir sample and an infectious groove drops then disappears again and again.  “Fleace” brings to mind industrial goth of the late 80s and early 90s with synthesizers that hit as hard as any electric guitar and distorted vocals that swirl in the background.


“Char” is arguably the most gorgeous track on the record and showcases the talent of new singer, Edith Frances.  The synth work is hypnotic and at times brings to mind the classic hip-hop track “Friends” by Whodini.  


Keeping the record nice and industrial, “Enth” blows out some distorted synths before scratchy, even more distorted vocals enter the picture.   “Sadist” has a dark beat that sounds like something off an 80s hip-hop record as well as trance-inducing ambient noises and samples.


“Frail” is the record’s club banger—it has epic synths, a driving beat and the most eerie, yet beautiful and melodic vocals.  “Concrete” sounds like an updated Front 242 or Nitzer Ebb.


The album begins to reach its close with “Ornament”—a soothing ride through vocals samples and glitchy hi-hats.  “Their Kindness is Charade” ends the record with the same mellow touch, but amps up at key moments.


It’s no wonder Crystal Castles maintain such popularity—they pay homage classic industrial, goth, electronica and hip-hop while still adding their own, updated spin.  They’re dark, yet massively accessible.  They’ve made some huge changes and have taken some big risks these past two years—however, it looks like they’ve come out on top.

 

Crystal Castles - Amnesty (I)


Listen to a song by clicking on a title below:

Click to Play Crystal Castles - ENTH (PREVIEW)

Click to Play Crystal Castles - CHAR

Click to Play Crystal Castles - SADIST

Click to Play Crystal Castles - CONCRETE

 
 
 
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