Oct 09, 2014
Crystal Castles Breaks Up
Crystal Castles feat. Robert Smith - Not In Love (Original Mix) [Polydor]
Crystal Castles - Crimewave (Original Mix) [Last Gang Records]
Crystal Castles - Baptism (Original Mix) [Polydor]
Crystal Castles - Celestica (Original Mix) [Polydor]
Crystal Castles - Alice Practice (Original Mix) [Last Gang Records]
Crystal Castles - Affection (Original Mix) [Polydor]

After 10 years and three studio albums, Toronto synthpunk duo Crystal Castles announced yesterday that frontwoman Alice Glass would be leaving the band to pursue her career as a solo artist.

Glass announced her departure from the group in a series of tweets citing “a multitude of reasons both professional and personal” as the basis for her departure. Glass hopes that Crystal Castles’ fans will support her as a solo artist as much as they have with her previous efforts. Ethan Kath, producer and remaining half of the duo, has yet to comment on his post-Crystal Castles pursuits.

Crystal Castles emerged onto the scene as an internet sensation in 2006 and released their debut album, Crystal Castles I, in 2008. The deranged duo provided a beacon of electronic light in an independent music scene that was being dominated by a folk revival from bands like Bon Iver, Fleet Foxes, and Mumford & Sons. Glass and Kath were most known for incorporating their manic synthscapes and erratic electronic assaults into their live performances that transported fans into a post-apocalyptic arena of howling vocals, strobe-lit synth storms, and blasts of bass-heavy beats. Crystal Castles went on to release two more albums, Crystal Castles II (2010) and Crystal Castles III (2012), as well as numerous EPs and remixes.

All hope may not be lost for die-hard fans of the duo. The band’s manager spoke to NME yesterday, saying that he wouldn’t rule out a reunion in the future.

There will be twists and turns ahead for Crystal Castles, I wouldn’t bury the dead just yet!

If the Pixies, Replacements, and countless other groups from the 80’s and 90’s have taught us anything, it’s that bands get back together more often than not. Until that day comes, R.I.P. Crystal Castles. Celebrate some the best moments in the duo’s discography with our playlist above.

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