Crystal Castles (2008) Like the sweet-but-sick sounds of Ladytron, the Toronto boy-girl duo of Ethan Kath and Alice Glass create everything from adolescent plastic pop suitable for Dance… 2008-03-18 Crystal Castles Electronic
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Crystal Castles (2008)

Details Release Date: Mar 18, 2008; Lead Performance: Crystal Castles; Genre: Electronic

Like the sweet-but-sick sounds of Ladytron, the Toronto boy-girl duo of Ethan Kath and Alice Glass create everything from adolescent plastic pop suitable for Dance Dance Revolution workouts to furious thrashings that recall a gamer maniacally wrangling a joystick. Such blipping and beeping stay true to the pair's beginnings as an eight-bit band, but Crystal Castles really pushes all the right buttons when factoring wistful melodies into its playful computer glitches. On these tracks, like the transcendent ''Untrust Us,'' Glass' vapor-light vocals glisten through the white noise. B
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Originally posted Mar 14, 2008 Published in issue #983 Mar 21, 2008 Order article reprints