Video: Crystal Castles – Char
CRYSTAL CASTLES have unveiled details of their fourth studio album AMNESTY (I)–due out August 19 (Casablanca Records)–alongside new single “Char,” which premiered today (July 11) as Annie Mac’s Hottest Record on BBC Radio 1. The single is available to stream now here:
Following visual previews of new songs “Femen” and “Concrete,” “Char” is the first single to be unveiled from the forthcoming album, the follow-up to 2012’s critically acclaimed III. An electronic lullaby that is both hard-hitting and tender at the same time, with poignant vocals from Edith Frances, “Char” is quintessential CRYSTAL CASTLES.
Known for their chaotic live shows and visceral, melancholic homemade productions, CRYSTAL CASTLES released a trilogy of critically acclaimed albums between 2008-2013. Their last album III was the Tumblr and Hype Machine album of the year for 2013, and NME’s #4 album of the year. In 2015 they released the standalone tracks “Frail” and “Deicide” with new member Edith Frances.
Across its 12 tracks, AMNESTY (I) explores the sonic and atmospheric range that listeners have learned to expect from a CRYSTAL CASTLES record. From gothic electronic paeans to distorted digital raves, from cinematic synth and noise crescendos to hip-hop and trap infused synth pop, it is uniformly compelling, uncompromising and anchored in feeling.
In support of the album, CRYSTAL CASTLES haveannounced a run of North American and European live dates. They’ve played only a small handful of shows in the past two years, so the new dates present an opportunity to experience the new songs from AMNESTY (I).
AMNESTY (I) is released on August 19, 2016 via Casablanca Records.