I like the new Crystal Castles — dark, catchy, noisy, snotty, tastefully goth. When Alice Glass screeches over white noise it can be like black metal of the WOLD or Team Prurient/Ash Pool sort … for club kids. (Look at the cover art, titles like “Year Of Silence,” “Suffocation,” and “Violent Dreams,” or just listen.) Even if its name makes me think of French BM aesthetes Celestia, “Celestica” is one of one of the least skuzzy and straight-up pretty, sorta disco tracks on the album. For one reason or another, Thurston Moore just shoved distorted guitars and extra grime into its skeleton, making it ultimately implode into the red like opener “Fainting Spells,” previously posted “Doe Deer,” etc. Nice to get another angle.
Crystal Castles is out 6/7 in Europe and 6/8 in the States via Fiction.