Published Sep 26, 2012We've known for a while now that Toronto's Crystal Castles were set to drop their anticipated third full-length LP this fall, and the group have now confirmed that is indeed the case. The album has been given the to-the-point title (III), and it will hit Canadian stores November 6 via Last Gang.
While vocalist Alice Glass previously revealed that lyrically, the album deals with "feeling... oppressed," a statement from the group's Ethan Kath, who produced the album in full, suggests that the group liberated themselves musically by rethinking their sonic approach.
"We wanted the new album to sound like a completely different and new experience," he said, noting that much of the synthesizers that featured on I and II were scrubbed, and how he applied a "strictly no computers" rule to the recording sessions. "We'd limit ourselves to one take on each song because we believe the first take is the rawest expression of an idea."
The album was mostly recorded in Warsaw and Poland. While the tracklisting has yet to be revealed, it will include previously teased track "Plague."
Back to the lyrics, Glass explained that some personal traumas influenced her words on the song cycle.
"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," she said. "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."
Up above, you can see the record's cover. The press release explains, "The artwork for the forthcoming album is an award-winning photograph taken by Samuel Aranda 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."
UPDATE: As promised, Crystal Castles have now shared their new single "Wrath of God." Have a listen below.
As previously reported, Crystal Castles are taking their tunes on tour this fall, and you can see the updated tour schedule down below.
9/27 Charlotte, NC - Fillmore Charlotte *
9/28 Fairburn, GA - Counterpoint Music Festival *
9/30 Washington, DC - 9:30 Club *
10/2 Philadelphia, PA - Electric Factory *
10/3 New York, NY - Roseland *
10/6 Boston, MA - House of Blues *
10/7 Montreal, QC - Metropolis *#
10/9 Royal Oak, MI - Royal Oak Music Theatre *#
10/10 Columbus, OH - Newport Music Hall
10/11 Nashville, TN - Marathon Art Works *#
10/13 Austin, TX - Emo's *#
10/14 Austin, TX - Austin City Limits
10/16 Kansas City, MO - Uptown Theater *#
10/17 Denver, CO - Ogden *#
10/18 Salt Lake City, UT - In the Venue *#
10/20 Los Angeles, CA - Palladium *#
10/21 San Diego, CA - Soma *#
10/22 Oakland, CA - Fox Theater *#
10/24 Portland, OR - Roseland *#
10/25 Seattle, WA - Showbox Sodo *#
10/26 Vancouver, BC - Commodore *#
10/28 Calgary, AB - MacEwan Hall*#
10/29 Edmonton, AB - Edmonton Event Centre *#
10/31 Winnipeg, MB - Garrick Centre*#
11/1 Minneapolis, MN - First Avenue *#
11/2 Chicago, IL - Congress *#
11/3 Toronto, ON - Kool Haus *#
1/18 Sydney, Australia - Big Day Out
1/20 Gold Coast, Australia - Big Day Out
1/25 Adelaide, Australia - Big Day Out
1/26 Melbourne, Australia - Big Day Out
1/28 Perth, Australia - Big Day Out
* with HEALTH
# with Kontravoid