Single Review – Alice Glass – Without Love

As Alice Glass goes onwards with life after Crystal Castles, the Ontarian electronic artist has now released her second single in ‘Without Love’; this one a sure precursor to a debut solo album. This single pursues a more underground style of electronica with the churning synths clashing with manipulated sounds and rapidly firing beats. This is set around dropping chords and eerie faux piano parts. This makes for a dark and shadowy atmosphere with the array of effects forging greats depths to the track. The only thing that counters this is Alice’s vocals, which are high, soft and wiry and without the screams of her Crystal Castle years as they remain refrained and are cleverly used as vocal instrumentation. The lyrical content is equally introvert and points towards dealing with self doubt and the battles within. It is certainly the first step towards carving her own space out in the electronic sphere. 

Owen Riddle

Single Review – Crystal Castles – Char


The Canadian electronic/dance duo has seen Alice Glass depart and Edith Frances join. Their new album AMNESTY 1 which you can expect on August 19th. This announcement has been accompanied by the release of new tracks ‘Concrete’ and ‘Char’. The latter is a song full of light and softened beats and shifting electronica and from this base are more aggressive tones and overtures from grinding, distorted synths. Edith’s vocals act as a distant and haunting echo throughout the track and she certainly gives the duo a new dimension in terms of atmospheric delivery. An album to keep an eye on then.

Owen Riddle

This Weeks Music Video with Courtney Barnett, Francis and the Lights feat. Bon Iver and Kanye West, Wild Beasts, Crystal Castles, Death Grips and Chvrches feat. Hayley Williams




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Single Review Alice Glass – Stillbirth

The uncompromising and unpredictable Alice Glass has emerged with her first solo work since leaving Crystal Castles and only a week after the band she left had released new material from their upcoming album. ‘Stillbirth’ is a song about reclaiming yourself from a tormentor or bully and is delivered with all the musical and vocal ferocity you might imagine she’d come up with. The heavily distorted roar of heavy electronica and EDM-like blasts are interrupted by Alice’s soft and naïve sounding vocals that build up to a scream as the heavy industrial sounds reverberate around her. A fade into a moment of gentle, zoned out contemplation only sets up the song for a final blast of the chorus. You can certainly take on board the lyrical message when delivered in such a brazen fashion and is proof, despite the debates that she very much is a singular talent.

Owen Riddle @oriddleo1995

Single Review – Crystal Castles – Decide

We found out earlier this year that Toronto’s Crystal Castles have in fact lived on without Alice Glass and that now Ethan Kath now has a new vocalist by the name of Edith. They debuted their first new track together with the single ‘Frail’ and the track will feature on their upcoming LP. They’ve followed this up with a second single ‘Decide’. The subtle whirring electronica of the opening of the song is soon followed up with a driving bass beat and with rumbling dance samples behind it, from here Edith’s slight vocal delivery weaves it’s way between the industrial sounds. These sounds move backwards and forwards in their focus to highlight the beat and the song is another example of them challenging the stereotypes of dance music.

Owen Riddle @oriddleo1995