Crystal Castles (band)  

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Crystal Castles is a Toronto-based "Bitpop" band, described by Loud and Quiet as "the most exciting and original band in the world right now" Crystal Castles are known not only for their own efforts as a band, but also for commissioned remixes for number of other groups, including "Hunting for Witches" by Bloc Party, and "Atlantis to Interzone" by friends and label mates, Klaxons.

The black-eyed Madonna controversy

In April 2008, Pitchfork Media and The Torontoist published stories about Crystal Castles' use of a Trevor Brown painting, depicting a black-eyed Madonna, without permission. The band began using the image after finding it on an "old flyer, without credit". The manager of Crystal Castles, Mikey Apples said, "it was their hope that the artist might reveal themselves and make contact with the band." The image has been used on Crystal Castles t-shirts and it was used as the cover for a the band's debut album, released by Last Gang Records as the "banned cover" version. Brown contacted band member Alice Glass through email in 2006, as he wanted to come to agreement about payment for the use of his artwork. The situation has not yet been resolved; both parties have been in discussion but an agreement has not yet been reached.

Musical style

Crystal Castles' music uses unusual instrumentation such as placing an Atari 5200 sound chip inside a keyboard in order to produce a sound that has been described as having "ferocious, asphyxiating sheets of warped two-dimensional Gameboy glitches and bruising drum bombast pierce [the] skull with sheer shrill force, burrowing deep into the brain like a fever". Indie music review website, Pitchfork, gave a positive review of Crystal Castles' remix of "Leni" by GoodBooks, and described the style as "pitch-shifted vocal snippets [that] ricochet like pinballs around Crystal Castles' patented 8-bit synths".

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