In order for the music to have elements of being "annoying," Kath explained that he created many of the sounds on tracks that would appear on Crystal Castles by sampling textures produced from a circuit-bent Atari 5200 console.
The use of these sounds led multiple journalists and bloggers to categorized the works of Crystal Castles under an 8-bit chiptune genre that the duo did not intend to be classified as; this categorization was further affected by the coincidence of an early 1980s arcade game by Atari named Crystal Castles (1983).
Crystal Castles is the debut studio album by Canadian electronic music duo Crystal Castles; at the time of its release, the group consisted of producer Ethan Kath and singer Alice Glass.
The two met each other in 2004 and both had an interest in noise music acts like AIDS Wolf.
It also charted in Australia, France, Ireland, Scotland and the United Kingdom.
Many professional critics had complimentary opinions towards the album, one writer for Delusions of Adequacy calling it "one of the best electronic albums of the year." The record ranked in the top 20 on numerous year-end lists by publications such as Pitchfork, NME, and Pop Matters and landed on lists of the best albums of the 2000s by NME and Complex.
They released many limited vinyl singles between 20 before releasing a trilogy of critically acclaimed albums between 20.