Following the tease of lead single “Plague,” Canadian electro-punk duo Crystal Castles have officially confirmed the release of their third LP, parenthetically titled (III). The record will see a US release on Nov. 6 via Universal Republic/Casablanca.
Ethan Kath and Alice Glass ditched their digital gear for the recording of (III), equipping themselves with a new arsenal of synths and enforcing a strict “no computers” rule in the studio. The LP was recorded directly to tape, melting away the electronic ice that characterized the duo’s previous releases.
Thematically, the record delves into darker, heavier spaces than both I and II. “Oppression is a theme, in general…A lot of bad things have happened to people close to me since II and it’s profoundly influenced my writing as I’ve realized there will never be justice for them,” said Glass. “I didn’t think I could lose faith in humanity any more than I already had, but after witnessing some things, it feels like the world is a dystopia where victims don’t get justice and corruption prevails.”
According to the press release, the album artwork, which can be seen above, is “an award winning photograph taken by Samuel Aranda and and features Fatima al-Qaws cradling her son Zayed who is suffering from the effects of tear gas after participating in a street demonstration in Sanaa, Yemen.”
Watch the video for “Plague” below.