Only four more days of waiting left until the new Crystal Castles album will be released officially (although it’s already up for streaming on Spotify), and it’s going to be huge. The previews that have been put online by the Canadian duo sound promising and will more than please those who love the more experimental side of electronic music.
When their album Crystal Castles came out in 2008, a reviewer of BBC wittily described listening to the band “is to be cast adrift in a vortex of deafening pain without a safety net. You get the feeling you could do anything in the world, but that ‘anything’ would ultimately mean nothing. Crystal Castles marks a nuanced emotional territory that dance music never covered before.” And that’s about as close as you can get. Like with their previous albums, III is full of strange noises, bombastic drums and Björk-like vocals. Nevertheless, still a breath of fresh air – especially in today’s ever-busy music scene. Tracks like Sad Eyes and Violent Youth clearly lean towards the more conventional electro, while Pale Flesh and Child I Will Hurt You take it down a notch. That being said, there’s more or less something for everyone on Crystal Castles’ latest record. Listen to Affection below, which we consider to be the highlight of the album.