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Following their new song “Frail,” which appeared earlier this week, the band’s producer Ethan Kath has revealed that the band is indeed coming back with a new album, despite Alice Glass’s departure. In a conversation with Pitchfork, Kath said that he’s been working on CC’s next album with a singer he only referred to as “Edith,” who can also be heard on “Frail.” Read excerpts from the conversation below and head over here for the full piece.
Do you feel that Alice calling her departure “the end of the band” was premature?
Kath: I was told she was taking a year off and that I should have the majority of the songs ready by her return. After her year off, she tweeted that she was leaving. There was no discussion about it.
Alice has tweeted, “for the record, i wrote almost all of the lyrics in
my former band and the vast majority of the vocal melodies,” which refutes what you had written. Do you have a response?
Kath: I was surprised by her statements because in that same i-d interview she
claims I was restricting her ability to express her own creative input, she couldn’t be herself, and that she needed to leave to find her own voice. Two months later she tweets that it was her voice. It can’t be both.
What is the status of Crystal Castles today? Who is the singer on “Frail”? Is Crystal Castles working on new material?
Kath: “Frail” was recorded recently and released as a message that we are in studio writing and recording a new album. The vocals are not my pitched voice (as on “Violent Youth” or the album version of “Not in Love”). A girl named Edith is singing.