Crystal Castles announce new album ‘Amnesty (I)’ , Listen to new single ‘Char’

Crystal Castles announce new album 'Amnesty (I)' , Listen to new single 'Char'

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.

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. Listen to ‘Char’ HERE.

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.

Track listing

1. Femen
2. Fleece
3. Char
4. Enth
5. Sadist
6. Teach Her How To Hunt
7. Chloroform
8. Frail
9. Concrete
10. Ornament
11. Kept
12. Their Kindness Is Charade

Tour dates:

06-Sep US, Carrboro, NC Cat’s Cradle

08-Sep US, Atlanta, GA The Loft, US

09-Sep US, New Orleans, LA One Eyed Jacks,

10-Sep US, Houston, TX White Oak Music Hall Downstairs

13-Sep US, Dallas, TX Trees

14-Sep US, Austin, TX Empire Garage

16-Sep US, Phoenix, AZ The Pressroom

17-Sep US, San Diego, CA The Observatory North Park

21-Sep US, San Francisco, CA Bill Graham Civic Auditorium

22-Sep US, Santa Ana, CA The Observatory

23-Sep US, Los Angeles, CA The Fonda Theatre

23-25-Sep US, Las Vegas, NV Life Is Beautiful Festival

27-Sep US, Salt Lake City, UT Urban Lounge

28-Sep US, Denver, CO Bluebird Theater

30-Sep US, Minneapolis, MN Varsity Theater

01-Oct US, Chicago, IL Metro

02-Oct US, Detroit, MI Majestic Theatre

06-Oct US, Brooklyn, NY Warsaw

07-Oct US, Philadelphia, PA Theatre of Living Arts

08-Oct US, Washington DC Black Cat

09-Oct US, Cambridge, MA The Sinclair

11-Oct Canada, Montreal, QC Theatre Fairmount

12-Oct Canada, Toronto, ON The Hoxton

20-Oct Germany, Frankfurt, Zoom

22-Oct Netherlands, Amsterdam, Melkweg

24-Oct Denmark, Copenhagen, Vega

25-Oct Sweden, Malmo Kulturbolaget

26-Oct Norway, Oslo, Sentrum Scene

28-Oct Sweden, Stockholm, Debaserstrand

29-Oct Denmark, Aarhus, Voxhall

31-Oct Germany, Berlin, Columbia Theatre

01-Nov Germany, Hamburg, Uebel & Gefaehrlich

02-Nov Germany, Cologne, Essigfabrik

05-Nov Ireland, Dublin, Metropolis Festival

26-Nov Singapore, Neon Lights Festival

27-Nov Hong Kong, Clockenflap Festival

02-Dec France, Paris, Elysee Montmartre

03-Dec France, Bordeaux, Krakatoa

05-Dec Spain, Bilbao Kafe Antrokia

07-Dec Portugal, Oporto, Hard Club

08-Dec Portugal, Lisbon , Paradise Garage

09-Dec Spain, Madrid, Teatro Barcelo

10-Dec Spain, Barcelona, Apolo

12-Dec Italy, Bologna Zona Roveri

13-Dec Italy, Milan Fabrirque

14-Dec Switzerland, Zurich, X-tra Limmithaus

15-Dec Luxembourg, Den Atelier

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