Crystal Castles have unveiled details of their fourth studio album Amnesty (I) alongside new single ‘Char’, which premiered last night (July 11th) as Annie Mac’s Hottest Record on BBC Radio 1. The single is available to stream now and download when pre-ordering the album 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 at their best.
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 we 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 have announced a run of European and US live dates. Having played only a small handful of shows in the past two years, the dates present an opportunity to experience new songs from the forthcoming album.
Amnesty (I) is released on August 19th, 2016.
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