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On Loop: “Frail” by Crystal Castles

On Loop: “Frail” by Crystal Castles

Last week, Ethan Kath posted a new track to the Crystal Castle’s Soundcloud page, titled “Frail.” The new track–a bass shuddering onsluaght of charred synth and high-pitched shrills–is a dance-floor ready hit, which comes as no suprise.

The surprise is rooted in the fact that “Frail” even exists.

Crystal Castles effectively redefined electronica of the 21st century–everything since their debut in 2003 has been a resounding echo by emerging artists’ attempts to emmulate their illustrious brand of synthpunk. But with no new releases since 2012’s III and Alice Glass’ decision to leave the band last year, many assumed that Kath had relinquished his participation as well.

The vocals on the new song are credited to Kath, who also posted a statement alongside the track (which was deleted afterwards).

i wish my former vocalist the best of luck in her future endeavors. i think it can be empowering for her to be in charge of her own project. it should be rewarding for her considering she didn’t appear on Crystal Castles’ best known songs. (she’s not on Untrust Us. Not In Love, Vanished, Crimewave, Vietnam, Magic Spells, Knights, Air War, Leni, Lovers Who Uncover, Violent Youth, Reckless, Year of Silence, Intimate, 1991, Good Time, Violent Dreams etc.). people often gave her credit for my lyrics and that was fine, i didn’t care.

When Glass made the decision to walk away from Castles, she had explained to fans: “My art and my self-expression in any form has always been an attempt towards sincerity, honesty, and empathy for others. For a multitude of reasons both professional and personal I no longer feel that this is possible within CC.”

Whatever the circumstances of the split, the band’s resurrection is enormously relieving; and in the hands of a determined Kath, should thrive.


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