New Crystal Castles Album Inspired by The Cure’s Robert Smith
Earlier this year, Crystal Castled announced their third album, which dropped on November 7. Aptly titled III, the release, producer Ethan Kath recently revealed in an interview, was partially inspired by The Cure’s Robert Smith. But, it’s not the British Goth rocker’s 30-year brand of doom and gloom, with the occasional forays into synth-pop, or their innovative use of keyboards that inspired the band. Instead, it’s Robert Smith’s approach to recording vocals.
In 2010, the duo did track “Not in Love” with the frontman, and found he was able to accurately do the vocals in one take. Kath explained: “Robert Smith's vocals on that track are actually home demo vocals. We cancelled the studio time booked to record final vocals because we were all attached to his raw demo vocals.
"I went with this idea of first-take vocals on the [III] tracks ‘Pale Flesh’ and ‘Insulin.’”
Contrary to this approach, singer Alice Glass’ vocals are frequently distorted and broken up during production.
Kath additionally added that III is more percussive than their first two releases. But, it’s not a bass drum or 4/4 beat that’s more prominent. Instead, the percussive elements are more abstract but present on a greater scale. He explained: "It's intentionally not in time with the kick and snare in a way which I find agitating. It's one of my favorite elements of the track."
In support of the album, Crystal Castles is doing a short U.K. tour at the end of the month, going from November 22 to 28.
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