Crystal Castles is an experimental electronic music band from Toronto, Ontario, consisting of producer Ethan Kath and vocalist Alice Glass. Crystal Castles are known for their chaotic live shows and their lo-fi home productions. The duo have released many vinyl EPs between 2006–2007 and also two eponymous albums, in 2008 and 2010 respectively. The band’s debut album was included in the “Top 50 Greatest Albums of the Decade” by NME Magazine, at number 39.
Many limited edition 7″ vinyl singles followed in 2007 on various tiny labels including 2 on London’s Trouble Records. All singles sold out immediately. Finally, in 2008, Lies Records collected most of the singles and released them on a CD for the first time, along with many previously unreleased tracks and 3 songs recorded just for the collection. This eponymous debut album, Crystal Castles, was also released as a double album on 12″ vinyl. The band’s eponymous debut album was included in the “Top 50 Greatest Albums of the Decade” by NME Magazine, at number 39.
The band’s second album, also titled Crystal Castles but known as “Crystal Castles II”, was released on 24 May 2010. In April 2010 an early mix of the album leaked and without any record label promotion the leak reached #1 on various electronic music charts worldwide.
The album was produced by Ethan Kath in various places including a church in Iceland, a self built cabin in northern Ontario, an abandoned convenience store garage in Detroit Michigan, and 2 songs recorded in the London studio of Paul “Phones” Epworth.