11 Songs

EDITORS’ NOTES

On album number two, Brooklyn’s Crystal Stilts take their fixation on Joy Division-rooted gloominess further afield in search of new hybrids. The glorious opener, “Sycamore Tree,” is what might have happened had Joy Division gone a little more rockabilly: a reverberating guitar twang rides atop hissing snares before it morphs into barbed, “Disorder” tones. It’s fair to say the band is moving — slowly — into the light, and while a Velvets-meets-Joy-Division heart clearly beats at their core, the Stilts seem interested in a slightly less menacing tone. Singer Brad Hargett’s brooding voice (sounding more than ever like Jim Morrison) is a tad brighter on many tracks, surrounded by snappier percussive tones and expanded breathing room beneath the inevitable blanket of reverb. “Flying Into the Sun” is a patchouli-flavored romp through twinkling ‘60s psych-pop, and “Through the Floor” hints at Phil Spector’s page in the book of pop history. However, they make clear with the closing track, “Prometheus at Large,” that darkness will prevail, those shards of guitars swirling into a dangerous and yet enticing vortex that’s hard to resist.

EDITORS’ NOTES

On album number two, Brooklyn’s Crystal Stilts take their fixation on Joy Division-rooted gloominess further afield in search of new hybrids. The glorious opener, “Sycamore Tree,” is what might have happened had Joy Division gone a little more rockabilly: a reverberating guitar twang rides atop hissing snares before it morphs into barbed, “Disorder” tones. It’s fair to say the band is moving — slowly — into the light, and while a Velvets-meets-Joy-Division heart clearly beats at their core, the Stilts seem interested in a slightly less menacing tone. Singer Brad Hargett’s brooding voice (sounding more than ever like Jim Morrison) is a tad brighter on many tracks, surrounded by snappier percussive tones and expanded breathing room beneath the inevitable blanket of reverb. “Flying Into the Sun” is a patchouli-flavored romp through twinkling ‘60s psych-pop, and “Through the Floor” hints at Phil Spector’s page in the book of pop history. However, they make clear with the closing track, “Prometheus at Large,” that darkness will prevail, those shards of guitars swirling into a dangerous and yet enticing vortex that’s hard to resist.

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About Crystal Stilts

Formed in New York in 2003 by Brad Hargett and JB Townsend, multi-influenced indie rock band Crystal Stilts released their first work -- some singles and an EP -- in 2004 on the Feathery Tongue label. The first single, "Shattered Shine," was followed by a series of local shows and then a five-song EP on Woodsist in 2008. Later that same year, their debut full-length album, Alight of Night, was released by Slumberland. While the records were made by the duo, they were joined by Kyle Forester on keyboards, Andy Adler on bass, and Frankie Rose, formerly of Vivian Girls, on drums for live shows and the tour surrounding the album's release. After touring with the band during 2009, Rose left to form her own band (Frankie Rose & the Outs). The remaining members, including new drummer Keegan Cooke, began work on their next album and the result, In Love with Oblivion, was released by Slumberland in April of 2011. Mere months later the band released the Radiant Door EP on Sacred Bones. Sticking with Sacred Bones but expanding their sound to incorporate elements of soul, country, and folk, their next album, Nature Noir, was released in fall of 2013. ~ Chris True

  • ORIGIN
    Brooklyn, NY
  • FORMED
    2003

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