Posts Tagged ‘Ethan Kath’

August 19, 2016

I can’t wait, I mean I seriously CANNOT wait for tomorrow, because come tomorrow, Crystal Castles drops their new album AMNESTY (I). As the hours whittle down and my excitement takes me to new levels of restlessness, I drown myself in today’s new reveal from the record, Sadist. Considering its name, it seems a fitting course of action, doesn’t it? Join me as the dissonance of this sonic apparition, complete with distended vocals by Edith and spectral haunting production by Ethan, send icy shivers down our spines. Though many of us had bristled at the thought of a new singer replacing Alice Glass when the news first broke, Edith has certainly won us over since. In fact, an announcement that came alongside Sadist earlier today served to cultivate my respect and affection. Edith Frances announced that Crystal Castles will share the proceeds from Amnesty (I) by donating it to Amnesty International, in order to call attention to issues that “need to be illuminated”. She went on to explain:

“Amnesty International stand up for human rights by fighting injustice hands-on, and gives a voice to those who may feel voiceless. They fight for LGBTQ rights, women’s rights, prisoner rights, and children’s rights. They fight against discrimination, arbitrary detention and unfair trials, and civilian injustice. They are the people on the ground working to change these issues and they need our help. Not just our words, but also our resources. The world is at a critical tipping point. Human rights have no borders, no language, no religion and no race. This applies to you and affects you. I challenge more musicians to do the same with their albums. Donate your proceeds to a charity of your choice. No longer can we sit back and watch and talk; what we really need right now is action.

Well there you have it. Even more reason to get Amnesty (I), as if you needed any convincing. Crystal Castles, you rule.

August 17, 2016
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There’s nothing like some visceral and savage Crystal Castles to kick off a new string of features. We continue our journey with the new Edith and Ethan version of the Toronto electropunk duo as they rattle and jar us with new song Fleece. The choice of song title seems contradictory in juxtaposition to Crystal Castles’ witchy distorted, primal pulsing music. Fleece is the latest turbulent taste from new album Amnesty (I) which drops this Friday on Fiction Records. Lucky Crystal Castle fans in New York can catch Ethan and Edith when they play a special in-store show at Rough Trade East come Tuesday, August 23rd. Details, here.

July 6, 2016

It wouldn’t be proper to “close up shop” for the night without sharing the new Crystal Castles, particularly since I’m such a die hard fan of the techno goth and electro punk act. I’ve also been waiting to hear more from the new version of CC, or the Edith iteration. There’s been a tug of war going on in my heart for some time now. On the one hand, my love for Crystal Castles largely grew out of my adoration of Alice Glass and her ferocious personality. On the other hand, I love CC as a whole too much to give up on Ethan because of a (monumental) lineup change. Edith proves herself a worthy successor on Concrete, glowering and yelping eerily in its video. Concrete is inky dark and murky nebulous. Edith’s dissonant and disembodied vocals stab through a sea of ever shifting, cacophonous clashing beats. I can’t wait to see the new Crystal Castles live when they open up for Die Antwoord this Fall. It seems like it’s going to be as exhilarating a show as ever, and I haven’t missed a single CC show in the Bay since 2011. I even attempted to wait in line and see them in Austin at SXSW, but a sudden major thunderstorm threw a wrench in the evening’s plans. I suppose the true differences can only be scrutinized when Edith and Ethan perform older Crystal Castles songs, ones that we’re so used to experiencing with Alice Glass instead. Concrete is a taste from Crystal Castles’ new album Amnesty (I), due out in August. I’m excited, to say the least. 

Addendum: Upon further watching of the Concrete video, I’m rather tickled by the fact that they seemed to have filmed the video at an actual electronic music event (there’s a ferris wheel, EDC?), one where people don’t seem to know who Edith is or what’s going on. And their expressions are priceless as she wails and flails her way backwards into them. Nice one, Crystal Castles. Love it. Edith gets major bonus points for her gutsy antics.

July 3, 2015

All controversy and butt hurt sadness due to the departure of Alice Glass aside, you must admit that Ethan Kath is doing a pretty splendid job of keeping Crystal Castles relevant and on point. Earlier song Frail was a fantastic surprise after all the break out news, since it was assumed Crystal Castles would exist no more. Now that we’ve tasted Frail, we get to enjoy new song Deicide without that element of surprise, and it’s another good tune to add to this slowly growing Alice Glass-less portfolio. Deicide carries the dissonant darkness the world has come to associate with and love about Crystal Castles, but it’s also a TR/ST like track due to its ravey, less abrasive quality, one that’s smothered in an oddly soft and muted haze. It’s that dampened, numbing condition that’s new to these Crystal Castles loving ears, and it took a little getting used to, but I’m still much a fan of Kath’s work, now with a mysterious new vocalist named Edith. After all, what else do we expect of an act like Crystal Castles but to groundbreak and offer the unexpected?

April 16, 2015
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Spectacularly busy at work as usual with a lot of stress to enjoy, but I’m jumping on early for a must share and a huge surprise. I know many of you, like myself, was incredibly sad and desolate when Alice Glass announced her departure from Crystal Castles, a band I’ve loved so dearly for many years now. We all assumed this meant the death of Crystal Castles, since we were so devoted to Ethan and Alice as a team. Well, turns out, CC is not dead in the water after all. A part of me has much mixed emotions about this, as Alice Glass is irreplaceable. But the track that revealed this news, Frail, is so dark and twisted and delicious, that I can’t but help be elated that Crystal Castles is still around. After all, no one can top Ethan Kath’s glitchy, abrasive, spectacular production. Frail features a new singer, Edith, who does a fine job wailing and yelping on the track. Regardless how we ultimately feel, it’s hard not to enjoy this. I look forward to what the future brings. And I hope Alice Glass has a lot in store for us on whatever new projects she may have in the works, too. Hello, new Crystal Castles, welcome. You’ll never be the same as before, but let’s move forward.

June 18, 2014
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I’m super fond of new California quartet Tapioca and the Flea’s electropop single Take It Slow, which, by the way, was produced by Ethan Kath, of Crystal Castles. I’m so fond of it, that I made sure to get my hands on the limited edition 7" Record Store Day exclusive that included the tune. Com Truise puts frenetic, robotic, beat resplendent spin on the track.

June 18, 2014
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I’m super fond of new California quartet Tapioca and the Flea’s electropop single Take It Slow, which, by the way, was produced by Ethan Kath, of Crystal Castles. I’m so fond of it, that I made sure to get my hands on the limited edition 7" Record Store Day exclusive that included the tune. Com Truise puts frenetic, robotic, beat resplendent spin on the track.

OFFICIAL VID: Tapioca and the Flea – Take It Slow

April 16, 2014

I introduced this fantastic electronic pop tune a week ago, but I love it so much, today’s new video demands a reshare. Tapioca and the Flea are from Los Angeles, and their single Take It Slow is simply gorgeous and enthralling. Plus, it’s produced by none other than Crystal Castles stud Ethan Kath. It might his brightest, most vivid tune yet, compared to his usual dark, heavy music. It makes me want to get up and dance. The song will be available as a free limited 7" at certain retail outlets come Record Store Day this Saturday! Giddy up! 

OFFICIAL VID: Tapioca and the Flea – Take It Slow

April 16, 2014

I introduced this fantastic electronic pop tune a week ago, but I love it so much, today’s new video demands a reshare. Tapioca and the Flea are from Los Angeles, and their single Take It Slow is simply gorgeous and enthralling. Plus, it’s produced by none other than Crystal Castles stud Ethan Kath. It might his brightest, most vivid tune yet, compared to his usual dark, heavy music. It makes me want to get up and dance. The song will be available as a free limited 7" at certain retail outlets come Record Store Day this Saturday! Giddy up! 

April 2, 2014
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I really can’t help wondering how Southern California quartet Tapioca and the Flea came up with their band name. I really can’t. However, I must say that their new single Take It Slow is one delicious synthpop track. Plus, it’s produced by Ethan Kath of the excellent electronic act Crystal Castles, whom I love very, very much. It’s somewhat surprising to hear Ethan create a soundscape that isn’t steeped in ominous darkness, but way to go, Ethan! Take It Slow is a buoyant, catchy dance pop tune that will be available as a 7" for FREE (yes, FREE kids!) on Record Store Day come April 19 as select retail stores. I want! Tapioca and the Flea describe their music as psychwave, and it’s certainly more apparent on last year’s Mellotron, also an excellent tune.