Posted by: Johnny Loftus on March 31, 2008 at 1:00 pm

Crystal Castles, Crystal Castles (Last Gang, 2008)

Listen: “Courtship Dating”

Unicorns, lizard men, and birds having sex show up in the photos on Crystal Castles’ MySpace as much as Ethan Kath and Alice Glass, the human duo behind the Toronto crypto-pop phenomenon. The collection of tattered shots combine the real and unreal with the wonder of a bitchy-mouthed teenager who discovered Photoshop and crystal meth the very same week, and it’s about the same for CC’s music, a frantic mess of keyboard chintz, re-appropriated 80s game system technology, and some vestige of the punk squawk vocal school. “Through the Hosiery,” “Courtship Dating,” the harsh angles of initial bomb track “Alice Practice” — these songs are full of the real and the unreal, the bleat of 80s video games sliced through with the genuinely strained yelp of Glass’s vocal. “Xxzxcuzx Me” is almost too much, its skittering blips screaming like robots on fire. But only almost, because somehow Glass’s vocals make it work again. Huggy Bear in the 25th century, or something. It’s unclear whether Crystal Castles actually have a future — this stuff is so bereft of an attention span, it might forget about itself in two hours. But for now there’s something here, something that’s as real and unreal as two birds fucking on MySpace. — Johnny Loftus

[tags]Crystal Castles, Last Gang, Alice Glass, Ethan Kath, Alice Practice[/tags]


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