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Crystal Castles

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Fusing lo-res electronic noise and pop hooks so effortlessly that it can seem accidental, Crystal Castles began as producer/multi-instrumentalist Ethan Kath's solo project in late 2003. Kath got the moniker from the name of She-Ra's dwelling in the He-Man and Masters of the Universe cartoon series; it's also the name of a 1983 Atari video game, which is oddly appropriate, considering that one component of the band's distinctive sound comes from a keyboard modified with an Atari 5200 sound chip. When Kath collaborated with singer Alice Glass on some songs in 2006, Crystal Castles' lineup was complete. One of the songs the pair recorded, "Alice Practice," was something of an accident: it was intended to be a demo of Glass testing out a microphone, but its presence on MySpace piqued record labels' interest. "Alice Practice" was released as a limited-edition 7" on Merok Records, also home to Klaxons; its 500-copy run sold out in three days. Kath and Glass worked on their own songs and also honed their remixing skills, tweaking songs for Klaxons as well as GoodBooks, Uffie, Health, and Bloc Party. Tours with the Presets and Metric in 2007 set the stage for the release of Crystal Castles' self-titled debut album, which Last Gang released early in 2008. The duo returned in 2010 with another self-titled album; when it leaked onto the Internet in late April of that year, the band released it digitally soon after, with a physical release following that May. For 2012's more streamlined III, the duo decamped to Warsaw, where they recorded direct to tape, eschewing any computer-assisted recording. Glass left the project in October 2014 to pursue a solo career; in April 2015, Kath resurfaced with a new Crystal Castles track, "Frail," which featured new vocalist Edith Frances. Another new song, "Deicide," surfaced that July, a few months before the new lineup's live debut at the Soundswild Festival in Johannesburg, South Africa that November. The duo debuted more new material in early 2016, and Crystal Castles' fourth album Amnesty appeared that August. ~ Heather Phares, Rovi

Total plays

1.6 billion
Updated on 2024-05-22

Country

Canada

Monthly listeners

7,952,165

Followers

2,390,511

Top Cities

  1. United States
    97,083 listeners
  2. Chile
    80,431 listeners
  3. Turkey
    118,856 listeners
  4. Poland
    85,194 listeners
  5. Brazil
    77,057 listeners

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Most popular tracks

Track Plays Duration Release date
Kerosene
Kerosene
194,680,980 3:12 2012-01-01
Crimewave
Crimewave
186,466,479 4:18 2008-03-16
Vanished
Vanished
180,813,293 4:03 2008-03-16
Transgender
Transgender
162,763,457 3:05 2012-01-01
Leni (Crystal Castles vs GoodBooks)
Leni (Crystal Castles vs GoodBooks)
96,510,674 4:16 2021-11-18
Untrust Us
Untrust Us
81,358,588 3:06 2008-03-16
Not In Love - Radio Version
Not In Love - Radio Version
79,891,879 3:49 2010-01-01
Empathy
Empathy
68,159,994 4:11 2010-01-01
Suffocation
Suffocation
51,211,395 4:02 2010-01-01
Baptism
Baptism
32,037,914 4:13 2010-01-01
Char
Char
29,657,530 3:08 2016-08-19
Celestica
Celestica
26,434,468 3:50 2010-01-01
Magic Spells
Magic Spells
25,896,160 6:07 2008-03-16
Knights
Knights
24,280,821 3:14 2008-03-16
Courtship Dating
Courtship Dating
17,328,873 3:32 2008-03-16
Alice Practice
Alice Practice
14,994,342 2:41 2008-03-16
Affection
Affection
14,914,412 2:37 2012-01-01
Intimate
Intimate
14,776,602 4:45 2010-01-01
Pap Smear
Pap Smear
14,679,630 3:43 2010-01-01
Plague
Plague
12,829,500 4:57 2012-01-01
Violent Youth
Violent Youth
10,983,474 4:22 2012-01-01
Vietnam
Vietnam
10,915,798 5:08 2010-01-01
Fleece
Fleece
10,151,352 2:35 2016-08-16
Air War
Air War
9,769,339 4:12 2008-03-16
Year Of Silence
Year Of Silence
9,600,039 4:54 2010-01-01
Black Panther
Black Panther
9,536,661 2:57 2008-03-16
Telepath
Telepath
9,086,174 3:55 2012-01-01
Pale Flesh
Pale Flesh
8,136,332 2:59 2012-01-01
Concrete
Concrete
7,946,296 3:16 2016-06-29
Wrath Of God
Wrath Of God
7,734,904 3:07 2012-01-01
Sad Eyes
Sad Eyes
7,462,787 3:27 2012-01-01
Reckless
Reckless
7,342,511 3:28 2008-03-16
Doe Deer
Doe Deer
7,294,604 1:38 2010-01-01
Frail
Frail
7,194,274 2:49 2016-08-19
1991
1991
7,111,440 1:54 2008-03-16
Chloroform
Chloroform
7,104,844 3:09 2016-08-19
Violent Dreams
Violent Dreams
6,545,204 4:35 2010-01-01
Femen
Femen
6,163,856 2:33 2016-08-19
Good Time
Good Time
6,131,634 2:56 2008-03-16
Love and Caring
Love and Caring
6,105,986 2:19 2008-03-16
Xxzxcuzx Me
Xxzxcuzx Me
5,727,420 1:54 2008-03-16
Through the Hosiery
Through the Hosiery
5,643,851 3:07 2008-03-16
Tell Me What to Swallow
Tell Me What to Swallow
5,490,264 2:14 2008-03-16
Lovers Who Uncover - Crystal Castles Vs. The Little Ones
Lovers Who Uncover - Crystal Castles Vs. The Little Ones
5,435,586 5:11 2007-01-01
Child I Will Hurt You
Child I Will Hurt You
5,368,150 3:33 2012-01-01
Sadist
Sadist
5,325,055 2:30 2016-08-19
Enth
Enth
4,752,466 3:29 2016-08-19
Fainting Spells
Fainting Spells
4,652,904 2:44 2010-01-01
Insulin
Insulin
4,455,948 1:47 2012-01-01
Birds
Birds
4,323,813 2:31 2010-01-01
Mercenary
Mercenary
3,814,212 2:38 2012-01-01
Their Kindness Is Charade
Their Kindness Is Charade
3,786,746 3:45 2016-08-19
Not In Love
Not In Love
3,456,497 3:31 2010-01-01
Ornament
Ornament
2,939,338 4:08 2016-08-19
I Am Made Of Chalk
I Am Made Of Chalk
2,865,121 3:09 2010-01-01
Air War - David Wolf Remix
Air War - David Wolf Remix
2,276,532 3:23 2008-03-16
Crimewave - Radio Edit
Crimewave - Radio Edit
2,224,312 2:54 2008-09-21
Teach Her How To Hunt
Teach Her How To Hunt
1,945,597 1:56 2016-08-19
Mother Knows Best - 2004 Version
Mother Knows Best - 2004 Version
1,328,734 2:01 2010-01-01
Trash Hologram
Trash Hologram
1,313,149 2:16 2008-03-16
Insectica - 2004 Version
Insectica - 2004 Version
886,617 1:49 2010-01-01
Not In Love - Robert Smith Mix
Not In Love - Robert Smith Mix
811,885 3:49 2010-01-01
Seed - 2004 Version
Seed - 2004 Version
747,895 1:43 2010-01-01
Divebomb - Crystal Castles Remix
Divebomb - Crystal Castles Remix
620,860 5:44 2007-01-01
Death - Crystal Castles Remix
Death - Crystal Castles Remix
571,990 4:59 2009-01-19
Death - Crystal Castles Remix
Death - Crystal Castles Remix
550,190 4:45 2008-01-01
Vanished - Radio Edit
Vanished - Radio Edit
435,493 3:01 2008-07-21
Celestica - Single Version
Celestica - Single Version
415,101 3:48 2010-01-01
Crimewave - LA Riots Remix
Crimewave - LA Riots Remix
272,447 4:49 2008-09-21
Crimewave - Sinden Remix
Crimewave - Sinden Remix
246,036 4:04 2008-09-21
Vanished - Nasty Nav Remix
Vanished - Nasty Nav Remix
228,799 5:32 2008-07-21
Crystal Castles Christmas
Crystal Castles Christmas
199,809 1:39 2015-07-04
Suffocation - Memory Tapes Remix
Suffocation - Memory Tapes Remix
196,307 5:04 2010-01-01
Crimewave - Lzrtag Remix
Crimewave - Lzrtag Remix
170,549 4:15 2008-09-21
Crimewave - Keith Remix
Crimewave - Keith Remix
169,121 6:41 2008-09-21
Tell Me What to Swallow - Beat Demo
Tell Me What to Swallow - Beat Demo
164,906 2:15 2008-07-21
Celestica - Thurston Moore Remix
Celestica - Thurston Moore Remix
140,348 3:37 2010-01-01
Celestica - Bear In Heaven Remix
Celestica - Bear In Heaven Remix
120,989 3:27 2010-01-01
Baptism (Indyans Edit)
Baptism (Indyans Edit)
106,956 3:32 2018-01-13

New releases

Char
Char
2016-12-07
[[PIAS] Recordings Catalogue]
Amnesty (I)
Amnesty (I)
2016-08-19
[[PIAS] Recordings Catalogue]
Fleece
Fleece
2016-08-16
[[PIAS] Recordings Catalogue]
Concrete
Concrete
2016-06-29
[[PIAS] Recordings Catalogue]
Plague
Plague
2012-07-25
[Shock Entertainment]
(III)
(III)
2012-01-01
[Shock Entertainment]
(III)
(III)
2012-01-01
[[PIAS] Recordings Catalogue]
(III)
(III)
2012-01-01
[Polydor Records]
II
II
2011-04-25
[Shock Entertainment]
(II)
(II)
2011-01-01
[[PIAS] Recordings Catalogue]
Not In Love
Not In Love
2010-01-01
[[PIAS] Recordings Catalogue]
Crystal Castles (II)
Crystal Castles (II)
2010-01-01
[[PIAS] Recordings Catalogue]
Crystal Castles (II)
Crystal Castles (II)
2010-01-01
[[PIAS] Recordings Catalogue]
Celestica
Celestica
2010-01-01
[[PIAS] Recordings Catalogue]
Crimewave
Crimewave
2008-09-21
[Different Recordings]
Vanished
Vanished
2008-07-21
[Different Recordings]
Courtship Dating
Courtship Dating
2008-04-21
[Different Recordings]
Crystal Castles
Crystal Castles
2008-03-18
[Last Gang]
Crystal Castles
Crystal Castles
2008-03-16
[Different Recordings]