magic spells

Crystal Castles were a surprisingly satisfying find, at a time when I knew there was something I liked about chiptunes, but was disappointed by the standard fare I’d found in digging.  In hindsight, that’s because they weren’t really an 8-bit band at all.  Despite their use of gameboy sound-effects, despite her voice being modulated to a point of synthetic in-humanity, Alice Glass punk-rocked out like an 8-bit boss.  Her live performances were the spitting, smashing stuff of legend.  Unlike their contemporaries, Crystal Castles weren’t defined by their choice of nerd genre.  They were really something else.

“Don’t worry, dear Pamela, 
I’ll do my scientific best 
to command your fleet.”

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