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Crystal CastlesCrystal Castles

Label:[PIAS] Recordings – 451.1200.028, Different – DIFB 1200 CD, Last Gang Records – none, Lies Records – none
Format:
CD, Album, Digipak
Country:Europe
Released:
Genre:Electronic
Style:Glitch, Electro, Chiptune, Synth-pop

Tracklist

1Untrust Us
Written-By [Sample]DFA 1979*
3:06
2Alice Practice
Recorded By [Vocals]Matthew Wagner
2:41
3Crimewave (Crystal Castles Vs. Health)
Written-By [Sample]HEALTH (2)
4:18
4Magic Spells6:07
5XXZXCUZX Me1:54
6Air War
Lyrics By [Uncredited]James Joyce
Written-By [Sample]Luciano Berio
4:12
7Courtship Dating
Backing Vocals [Background Screaming]HEALTH (2)
Recorded By [Additional Vocals]Alex Bonenfant
3:30
8Good Time
Written-By [Sample]Drinking Electricity
2:56
919911:54
10Vanished
Written-By [Sample]Van She
4:03
11Knights3:14
12Love And Caring2:19
13Through The Hosiery3:07
14Reckless3:28
15Black Panther2:57
16Tell Me What To Swallow
Recorded By [Recorded With]Alex Bonenfant
2:17
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CD comes in a digipak with a sticker on the front, a poster and an insert with credit information.

Mastered at The Exchange.

Track 1 contains a sample of "Dead Womb" by Death From Above 1979 (used with permission).
Track 4 contains a sample of "The Message" by Grandmaster Flash and The Furious Five.
Track 6 contains a sample of Luciano Berio's "Thema-Omaggio A Joyce."
Track 8 contains a sample of "Good Times (Dance Mix)" by Drinking Electricity.
Track 10 contains a sample of the vocals and melody of "Sex City" as written and performed by Van She (used with permission).

Tracks 2, 5, & 12 are unmixed.

Barcode and Other Identifiers

  • Barcode: 5 413356 590029
  • Label Code: LC07800
  • Rights Society: sabam/biem
  • Matrix / Runout (Variant 1): [Arvato Digital Services logo] 52671512/4511200028-1 21
  • Matrix / Runout (Variant 2): [sonopress logo] 52586341/4511200228 21
  • Mastering SID Code (Variant 1): IFPI LB 45
  • Mastering SID Code (Variant 2): IFPI LB 50
  • Mould SID Code (Variant 1): IFPI 0796
  • Mould SID Code (Variant 2): IFPI 0776

Other Versions (5 of 22)View All

Title (Format)LabelCat#CountryYear
Crystal Castles (CD, Album, Digipak)Last Gang Records, Lies RecordsQ2 00962Canada2008
Crystal Castles (2×LP, Album)Different, DifferentDIFB 1200 DLP, 451.1200.012UK2008
Crystal Castles (2×LP, Album)Last Gang Records, Lies RecordsQ1 00962, noneCanada2008
Crystal Castles (CD, Album, Promo, Cardboard Sleeve)Different, [PIAS] RecordingsDIFB 1200 CDP, 451.1200.228Europe2008
Crystal Castles (CD, Album, Digipak)Lies RecordsCTX396CDAustralia & New Zealand2008

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Risingson
It's fun to go back to this duo's debut when they have matured so well in the third album. This is maybe the most comercially successful chiptune album, with Zomby at its toes (and some parts in the Postal Service album), and of course it is one of those electronica album embraced by hipsters, loved, and then quickly discarded. Look at the cover: hipster paradise.

But there is some good in these songs. The songs try to blend electropop with punk attitude, with harsh keyboards and a voice from Alice that is sometimes gentle and sometimes shouty. There are big hits, like "Crimewave" or "Untrust Us", there are noisy short tracks, but it is mostly an electro album not very far from Adult.

And then there are my favourites. "Reckless" is a wonderful videogame tune, something that starts like a Rastan Saga soundtrack and with just some added elements become an epic electro tune. And then there is "Magic Spells", the most chilled moment of the album and maybe the most beautiful moment of their career.

Their debut is uneven, but not only has hints of their later works; it has also a good electronica album. Don't let the hipsters fool you about his.