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Song of the day: Happy New Year

Hello kids,

Yes I know, I’m sorry, I went on a ten day unannounced hiatus. But I’m back and here to give you your daily dose of music. Hope the return to work was not too rough.

I have been working on quite a few things to bring to you this year but as I am still in South Africa for a few days, and the internet speed  is matching that of the stone age, it makes it difficult for me to do anything. Also Spotify doesn’t work properly so you will have to wait for your playlists. But I promise I have some good things in store by end of next week.

So lets open the New Year with a release I never got to last year. So the fantastic Crystal Castles (you should all know I’m not in love and Crimewave) from Toronto released their third album appropriately named (III) late last year. For this album, the dark electro duo put in a new rule: no computers in the studio and only one take per song (according to them the first is always the best). So what did that do to their sound? To me it’s even more cutting, chaotic and stressful sound than before. Their signature shrill sound is still there and so is all the synth. The lyrics are as dark as the sound. So I heard you ask – why would you listen to that? And that’s the mystery around Crystal Castles. The sounds are jagged and should pierce your ears with discomfort. But some how, some way Crystal Castles gels it together and leaves you no other choice than the jam to it.

But the good news is that Crystal Castles knows how to keep a good mix between happyish songs and aggressive ones.
So here is a sample of both

Happish: Affection

Aggressive: Wrath of God

Happy New Years everybody

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