With a unique brand of noisy electronic pop, Crystal Castles definitely have something special about them. Each of their releases has its ups and downs, but the ups are particularly worth hearing. Sadly they do seem to be down a member at the moment, so quite what the future will hold remains to be seen.
You might have come across the brilliant Celestica or the collaboration with Robert Smith, Not in Love.
Where to start
Get all three eponymous albums, one at a time – Crystal Castles (2008), Crystal Castles (II) (2010), and Crystal Castles (III) (2012).
What to buy
Essentially that’s it, but you will need to track down a copy of Not in Love at some point, as the original album version doesn’t include The Cure‘s vocalist.
Don’t bother with
Most of the other singles – there are only a few scraps worth salvaging.
A couple of the remixes of Affection are pretty good.
- Free mp3 of the week – Crystal Castles for Plague (August 2012)
- Preview – Crystal Castles – Crystal Castles (III) (November 2012)
- Crystal Castles – Crystal Castles (III) (November 2013)