Two-Way Mirror by Crystal Antlers on Apple Music

11 Songs

EDITORS’ NOTES

Crystal Antlers’ previous release, 2009’s Tentacles, was a careening, feral trip fueled by the most muscular psychedelic tendencies heard in rock music in a long, long time — actually, in decades. This L.A. band is more than a throwback to those days; they seem to have figured out how to time travel, inhale deeply, and hold it until they burst back through the time shield to 2011, exhaling into cavernous sound booths and analog equipment after pushing the “RECORD” button. “Jules’ Story” ignites Two-Way Mirror, with the Antlers’ trademark roar of ravenous guitars and stinging cymbals pillaging everything in their path. But on “Séance,” there is a bit of a surprise: screamer Jonny Bell’s rage has quelled, to something like an indignant (or alarmed) rant, and it’s a fresh, new texture for the band. Much of Two-Way Mirror is tempered with slightly more refined edges, not just in Bell’s vocals but in the warm, vintage organ notes and melodic song structures. The full-on barn-burners, like the title track and “By the Sawkill,” are blessedly offset by songs like the gorgeous “Summer Solstice” and the hazy “Sun Bleached.”

EDITORS’ NOTES

Crystal Antlers’ previous release, 2009’s Tentacles, was a careening, feral trip fueled by the most muscular psychedelic tendencies heard in rock music in a long, long time — actually, in decades. This L.A. band is more than a throwback to those days; they seem to have figured out how to time travel, inhale deeply, and hold it until they burst back through the time shield to 2011, exhaling into cavernous sound booths and analog equipment after pushing the “RECORD” button. “Jules’ Story” ignites Two-Way Mirror, with the Antlers’ trademark roar of ravenous guitars and stinging cymbals pillaging everything in their path. But on “Séance,” there is a bit of a surprise: screamer Jonny Bell’s rage has quelled, to something like an indignant (or alarmed) rant, and it’s a fresh, new texture for the band. Much of Two-Way Mirror is tempered with slightly more refined edges, not just in Bell’s vocals but in the warm, vintage organ notes and melodic song structures. The full-on barn-burners, like the title track and “By the Sawkill,” are blessedly offset by songs like the gorgeous “Summer Solstice” and the hazy “Sun Bleached.”

TITLE TIME
3:27
2:57
3:16
3:45
3:01
1:42
3:05
1:57
2:24
2:27
6:38

About Crystal Antlers

Long Beach, California's Crystal Antlers began turning heads in 2008 with their recording debut, EP, a release that was produced by Ikie Owens (known for his work with the Mars Volta) and noted for its blend of psychedelic, garage, and prog rock sounds. Jonny Bell (bass, vocals, woodwinds), Andrew King (guitar, organ), Victor Rodriguez (organ), Kevin Stuart (drums), and Damian Edwards (percussion) soon developed a reputation for eccentric live shows and earned comparisons to Comets on Fire and Les Savy Fav. The group made a number of appearances on the 2008 F Yeah Tour and signed with Touch & Go Records in August of that year. By 2009, talk of a new full-length began circulating, and in April, Tentacles was released. That album would be the last on Touch & Go before the label shut down in 2009, and Crystal Antlers were left to release their follow-up, Two-Way Mirror, on their own Recreation Ltd in July of 2011 with Cora Foxx replacing Rodriguez. Their third full-length, Nothing Is Real, showcased the band as a trio without Foxx; it was released by Innovative Leisure in the fall of 2013. ~ Katherine Fulton

  • ORIGIN
    Long Beach, CA
  • FORMED
    2006

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