Crystal Castles announce new album and single

Crystal Castles have officially confirmed the release date and title of their forthcoming album. ‘(III)’ will receive a global release on November 5 and is the first of their full-lengths […]

Crystal Castles have officially confirmed the release date and title of their forthcoming album. ‘(III)’ will receive a global release on November 5 and is the first of their full-lengths to be produced entirely by Ethan Kath.

New single ‘Wrath Of God’ had its first radio play via Zane Lowe on Radio 1 earlier, and now it’s available via Soundcloud. Check it out below.

“We wanted the new album to sound like a completely different and new experience,” says Ethan Kath in an official statement, “we’d limit ourselves to one take on each song because we believe the first take is the rawest expression of an idea.”

By ditching their old synthesizers and keyboards used on ‘I’ and ‘II’, Ethan enforced a “strictly no computers” rule in the studio and began recording everything directly to tape. Together the Canadian duo has conjured up a collection of songs that are as raw as they are well rounded. As ‘(III)’ unfolds, each track will take you to greater heights and equal lows, as you enter the sometimes plagued, and often polarized world that is Crystal Castles.

“Oppression is a theme, in general… A lot of bad things have happened to people close to me since II and it’s profoundly influenced my writing as I’ve realized there will never be justice for them,” explains Alice “I didn’t think I could lose faith in humanity any more than I already had, but after witnessing some things, it feels like the world is a dystopia where victims don’t get justice and corruption prevails.”

Recorded mostly in Warsaw and Berlin, ‘(III)’ also boasts the haunting and euphoric five minute mind-bender ‘Plague’…

The artwork for the forthcoming album is an award winning photograph taken by the photojournalist Samuel Arand and features Fatima al-Qaws cradling her son Zayed who is suffering from the effects of tear gas after participating in a street demonstration in Sanaa, Yemen.

‘(III)’ tracklist:

1 – ‘Plague’
2 – ‘Kerosene’
3 – ‘Wrath of God’
4 – ‘Affection’
5 – ‘Pale Flesh
6 – ‘Sad Eyes’
7 – ‘Insulin’
8 – ‘Transgender’
9 – ‘Violent Youth’
10 – ‘Telepath’
11 – ‘Mercenary’
12 – ‘Child I Will Hurt You’

Crystal Castles will be playing a select number of UK tour dates in November:

NOVEMBER

22 – Institute – Birmingham (tickets)
23 – Norwich U.E.A. – Norwich (tickets)
24 – O2 Academy Brixton – London (tickets)
26 – O2 ABC – Glasgow
27 – O2 Academy – Leeds (tickets)
28 – Manchester Academy – Manchester (tickets)

‘(III)’ will be released worldwide on November 5.

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