Crystal Castles: For Neons or Nerds

12Mar08


Track Listing:
1. Untrust Us
2. Alice Practice
3. Crimewave
4. Magic Spells
5. Xxzxcuzx Me
6. Air War
7. Courtship Dating
8. Good Time
9. 1991
10. Vanished
11. Knights
12. Love And Caring
13. Through The Hosiery
14. Reckless
15. Black Panther
16. Tell Me What To Swallow

I don’t know about this stuff. I like it. But this is class-A Neon. Neons are the type of people that dance around to Dan Deacon in loudly colored clothing. Neons are a class of hipsters that differ in music and in clothing choice but are still considered a hipster. Okay, so if and when Crystal Castles starts to being played on repeat in the dark rooms lit up by these neon-derthals, who else will be joining in on the chorus? You? Me? The nerdsss?

Crystal Castle’s self-tilted album was released off of Last Gang Records. Where did Last Gang come from? How did they come about releasing this addictive electronic 8-bit crack? Well apparently, if they were known, that’s exactly what these Canadians are known for. Their roster includes: Metric, Death From Above 1979, MSTRKRFT, Boys Noize, The New Pornographers and Chromeo. Pshtt news to me!

But this stuff goes beyond their usual audience of Neons. Obviously, Crystal Castles is all about electronic, Atari-inspired beats, but has other elements that indie lovers may still find infectious.

“Courtship Dating” sounds like a Timbaland beat with Blonde Redhead playing over. Or how about “Air War”,their “leaked” single? That’s pretty hot too. What about “xxzxcuzx me”? This loud, high-energy, slightly obnoxious song is another one that gets tops. Overall the album is an intricate 1991 Nintendo soundtrack. If 8-bit crack doesn’t ring any bells, think about it like Ratatat with lyrics or a calmer, but still catchy Justice. But still 8-bit enough not to be entirely annoying to scare off the nerds.

Definitely check out of the tracks, pick a favorite or something.
Crystal Castles: Courtship Dating
Crystal Castles: Air War
Crystal Castles: xxzxcuzx me

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2 Responses to “Crystal Castles: For Neons or Nerds”

  1. courtship dating is an amazing song
    well lets face it- the whole damn album is fantastic

    now to point: i wouldn’t say that crystal castles is going for the “neon” type. the music strikes me in many ways as almost more grungy garage band rock. then again songs like crimewave make above statement look like horse piss.

    either way i thought id share my two cents, and i know bloggers like comments.

  2. touche! neons may play were neons may play.
    saw them in concert the other day- it was fantastic. Alice has a great stage presence.


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