Crystal Castles Call It Quits
Crystal Castles, the skull crushingly brilliant auteurs of dark electronic witch pop, are no more. In a Facebook post published this morning, Alice Glass, lead singer and one half of the band, revealed that she has called it quits, effectively ending the all too short reign of a masterful duo of musicians.
Glass’ fellow bandmate, Ethan Kath, started Crystal Castles in 2004. Over the course of their career they only released three albums, all self titled and all expertly crafted masterpieces. Some of their most recognizable and frankly best songs include their first album’s Vanished and Crimewave, and their second album cuts Baptism, Empathy, and Not in Love, a track that featured Robert Smith of The Cure.
Glass cited her decision to exit the band based on her need for greater personal artistic expression, to which she says she hopes ‘my fans will embrace me as a solo artist in the same way they have embraced Crystal Castles.’ There has yet to be a band quite like them, seamlessly melding icy synth pop with 8 bit sound bytes, trip hop beats and noise rock under an electro-grunge aesthetic. We can only hope that Glass’ solo work will continue to be as multi-faceted and downright spectacular. #RIPCRYSTALCASTLES