Consonance and dissonance refer to harmonious and disharmonious sounds, respectively. What sounds nice and what doesn’t. How ever subjective you may want to insist notions of ‘nice’ or not are, it is a scientific fact that baroque classical music (consonance) will increase your creativity and intelligence while punk thrash (dissonance) will make you want to jump on someone’s neck in a mosh pit. I think everyone will agree that increasing creativity is nicer than jumping on a neck. Dissonant styles are prevalent in music, and for many knotted and steamed brothers and sisters it acts as a release valve to the psyche in our buttoned down and ever correct modern consumerist slave society. We need that relief valve opened but don’t want to break necks.
Crystal Castles orchestrate a delightful dissonance that may be more akin to sexual roughhousing than blinding rage. Torontonians Ethan Kath (producer) and Alice Glass (vocalist) are the masters of cathartic ceremony. Trust them and feel safe to fall into that twisty space we fight so hard to keep away from on a daily basis. Their chaotic shows and song stylings are woven with thick melancholic threads and lo-fi production standards to affect an electronic evisceration. The BBC said it best, “[Listening to CC] is to be cast adrift in a vortex of deafening pain without a safety net. You get the feeling you could do anything in the world, but that ‘anything’ would ultimately mean nothing.”
Please note that the single I’m Not in Love featuring 80s goth God Robert Smith was a massive coup and took them to a much more popular stage and listening public. The single, however, isn’t necessarily representative of what you can expect from a show. Listen to the metallic rages and high tension cables that reverberate in the background…that’s Crystal Castles.