It’s almost two years since Alice Glass pronounced the end of Crystal Castles, and as though to prove how wrong she was, the group has released a brand new single. It’s a tad foolhardy to call time on something you didn’t start and to further prove their former singer wrong, Crystal Castles have announced a new album titled ‘Amnesty (I)’, published its tracklist and announced a tour in its support. Amnesty (I) will be in stores in three days (Aug 19) but we’ve already heard three of its 12 tracks; ‘Femen’, ‘Char’ and ‘Concrete’. The trio of electronic bangers was ample evidence that the band had lost none of the intensity and emotion that had been the hallmark of its music. Edith Frances appears to offer a bit of the same vocal diversity that Glass did from what we’ve heard so far of the latest Crystal Castles LP.
‘Fleece’ opens with Frances shrieking into a conceptual dark abyss, surrounded by a wall of vibrating synth and dry drums. She intermittently eases off into breathy chants of “I love you” in the course of the two and a half-minute mayhem. With all the pulsating ferocity contained in this delicious techno piece, it’s not hard to imagine dancing to Fleece all night if the DJ decided to loop it over and over. It’s also not hard to envision yourself losing your mind while watching Ethan Kath and Frances performing the song in some sweaty festival. Speaking of which you might want to keep tabs of their tour schedule in case they’ll be passing by your city.
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