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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.

Biography

Formed: 2003 in Brooklyn, NY

Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '00s, '10s

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...
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