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n Love With Oblivion
Monday, 02.12.2013, 20:20
oh what a night...
Crystal Stilts (USA)
Whether it was creative urges or a little Meth or both, Floridians Brad Hargett and JB Townsend folded up their beach towels and headed North, from the sun into the dark of that hipster colony called Brooklyn to follow their beachbum dream of starting the perfect pop band. And the strange Crystal Stilts opened the curtain.
And how!, speeding from slackers to Brooklyn pop icons in almost less than a New York minute. But let's not get to revved up here ourselves and track back a bit. After coming up with a number of unforgettable but soon forgotten singles and EP's, 2009 was the year when they lit up the scene with their first album «Alight Of Night», which featured Brad, JB and organ masseur Kyle Forester as well as the lovely Miss Frankie Rose on stand-up drums. It's a kind of noise pop or minimal pop or post punk type of sound, or else, perhaps they appear to be like a copy of a copy of The Velvet Underground (Lou, you were the best commissioner of tourism New York City ever had. R.I.P.).

For sure, the Monkeys or the B-52's they're not. Their music can be a bit dark and depressing at first listening, and hey, it could be downhill from there, especially if you're so predisposed. (Maybe leave the Mandrax at home for this one?). But what'll be obvious to you as well is that these stylish hipsters are having their sly fun with their 3 minutes, superbly crafted pop ditties, which feature highly-knowing lyrics in ultra-flat phrasing, joyful love of guitar fuzz, droning, splendid splashy drums, distortion and reverb. To impress the point on you a wee bit more, their songs are moody, mournful and monotone and are further expressed by a tinny, surfy 60's-style organ, wheezy harmonica, echo-ey guitars and la-dee-la-la-la melodies. It's all great fun and they're one of the way coolest bands to ever visit, the guys look their part and are bringing with them their latest cd «In Love With Oblivion» (see what we mean?)

Is it gonna be Meth or Mandrax? We can't tell for sure but we know that they're not going to cut you any slack: If you have the urge to feel miserable, fucked-up and want to journey to the deepest ravine of depression your soul can sink into, this band is for you. But look, check out Crystal Stilts for yourself and listen to how they'll feel to you. You'll agree with what all of Brooklyn and beyond already knows: These guys really are depressing. And so cooool. And a load of fun.
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