Crystal Castles, the avant-pop electronic duo consisting of Alice Glass and Ethan Kath, released a woozy, nearly five-minute-long new raver, “Plague,” on Wednesday (July 25). The haunting new track may or may not preview the group’s forthcoming third album, which the band worked on earlier this year in Germany.
Consisting of three movements between calm, ethereal verses and an assault of synthesizers and programmed drums on the refrain, “Plague” obscures Glass’ lyrics as her voice tries to overpower an avalanche of noise. Last month, Crystal Castles unveiled the song during a performance at the Parklife festival in Manchester, England, hinting at the darker tone of their upcoming material.
The Canadian duo posted a Soundcloud link to the song on their Facebook page on Wednesday morning, although no other information about the song or Crystal Castles’ next album was revealed. The group’s two previous full-lengths, their 2008’s “Crystal Castles” and 2010’s “Crystal Castles (II),” have sold a combined 174,000 copies, according to Nielsen SoundScan.
Crystal Castles have a handful of overseas tour dates plotted for the summer, including a performance at the Reading & Leeds Festival on Aug. 24. The duo returns to the U.S. on Sept. 27, with a pair of performances in Fairburn, Ga.
Here are Crystal Castles’ upcoming tour dates:
Aug. 9: Cannes, France – Festival Pantiero
Aug. 11: Cannes, France – Festival Pantiero
Aug. 24: Reading, England – Reading Festival
Aug. 25: Bramham, England – Bramham Park
Aug. 26: Leeds, England – Leeds Festival
Sept. 2: Stradbally, Ireland – Electric Picnic
Sept. 27: Fairburn, GA – Bouckaert Farm
Sept. 28: Fairburn, GA – Counterpoint Music Festival
Oct. 2: Philadelphia, PA – Electric Factory
Oct. 10: Columbus, OH – Newport Music Hall
Oct. 22: Oakland, CA – Fox Theater