Last October we were heartbroken by the news that electro-noise duo Crystal Castles had decided to call it a day, following the departure of Alice Glass. However, it seems like the tides have turned in CC camp, as remaining member Ethan Kath has just posted a new song!
"Frail" is frantic, huge, a little unsettling and powerful as fuck - everything we've come to expect from Crystal Castles.
The singer sounds an awful lot like Alice Glass, but it turns out that it's a different singer, called Edith.
Interestingly, Kath had included this note on the Soundcloud upload - it's now been deleted, but hints at a fair bit of bad blood:
i wish my former vocalist the best of luck in her future endeavors. i think it can be empowering for her to be in charge of her own project. it should be rewarding for her considering she didn't appear on Crystal Castles' best known songs. (she's not on Untrust Us. Not In Love, Vanished, Crimewave, Vietnam, Magic Spells, Knights, Air War, Leni, Lovers Who Uncover, Violent Youth, Reckless, Year of Silence, Intimate, 1991, Good Time, Violent Dreams etc.). people often gave her credit for my lyrics and that was fine, i didn't care.Since removing the above comment, the following has replaced it:
i wish my former vocalist the best of luck in her future endeavors. i think it can be empowering for her to be in charge of her own project. <3 this is Edith on vocalsWhile this is a new venture for his now-solo act, it's clear that he knows his strengths and is playing to them. Those vocals really do sound awfully similar to Glass'.
Here's to more Crystal Castles!