Here are some places to play Crystal Castles’ latest throbber “Plague:” a seance, an underground skate park, a goth prom, a windowless room in midday. The revving anthem, which the duo of Alice Glass and Ethan Kath first debuted at Parklife Festival last month, is the first official track from the electronic outfit’s forthcoming third album, which NME reports is due out in late September. If it’s any indication of the direction the Castles are heading towards, it’s raising the noise and moving towards a darker, bruised sound.
“There’s lots of themes, but feeling, like, oppressed … A lot of things not personally happening to us, since the past record, but people we know kind of profoundly influenced everything,” Glass told NME. “Like, I didn’t think I could lose faith in humanity any more than I already had, but after witnessing some things, it just … the world is a dystopia.”
“Plague” isn’t all pitch-black though. Even with synths wavering between an eerie calm and a full-on blitz, Glass’ soprano is a beam of light.