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Crystal Castles

Crystal Castles
Crystal Castles
(Last Gang Records)

So a couple weeks ago, I had a little impromptu house party; a quaint get-together, where the guests were kindly asked to bring their own particular catalyst for self-destruction, though this was primarily due to me lacking in such a department – naturally. Amongst the uninvited was Jessica Insomnia, her cousin, Eduardo Fatigue, his significant other, Felicity Unenthusiastic and of course, what kind of party would it be without the one and only Quentin Growing-Impatience.

Sebastian Routine called me up and said he couldn’t make it because he was feeling a little bit under the weather. I replied, “Whilst the weather is firmly beneath me, I have no idea what you’re talking about, there is no party here.” I was of course, mistaken. Accidents happen, and by this time whisky was spilt where the sun never bloody shines and I was busy trying to avoid Wendy Malnourishment, who I had a fling with once.

I should mention that not all impromptu accidents result in a metaphor heavy hoopla involving personified negativity. Take Crystal Castles superb debut single from 2005 ‘Alice Practice‘, as a perfect example; pure mayhem, shrieks and glitches, all confined tightly in angst fuelled euphoria thanks to the pressing of a record button by a multi-instrumentalist genius. After three years of yearning, and one appearance on that programme that instantly makes you cool, their mind bending, self titled debut is ready to take on our unprepared ears.

This is a more than just a step forward; this is sheer unadulterated bliss. A gorgeous soundtrack of the electronic apocalypse Drop any track off this monstrous LP, and any uninvited Chris Waddle will leave in a plethora of tears. Then you, Sally Sexual, Alice Wonderland, Stephen Shakedown, Zachary Boogie and Stephanie Feel-Good can boogie, wiggle and shake until the world as we know it, exists no more.

Up in the Buzz Chart player, is the incredible ‘Untrust Us‘, which takes that eerie sample used on Death From Above 1979’s ‘Dead Womb‘, puts in through a shredder and then unleashes it into freedom. Mmmmm… great.

Joe Moynihan