Yes their 'Alight of Night' LP has been pressed up over here by UK post punk revivalist label Angular and aye, it's a complete grower of the highest order indeed. Crystal Stilts are a slowly expanding NY unit. A lot has been made of their sound, from people enthralled by the snaky, smoky garage sound they employ to the blurred, disembodied / monotone vocals which have seemingly polarized opinion. They've definitely warmed my heart as they appear to be mining a rather esoteric vein of 80's underground NZ indie rock, splicing it with subtle hues of JAMC/VU & spooky 60s garage to define their own haunting, wistful take on proceedings. Shimmering, raw guitars, rudimentary Mo Tucker-esque drum patterns, understated bass thrums and these melancholy feral organ lines that just wallow in your mind like spectral waifs of sound. The thing I love most about this band is they're not plowing the obvious path. The songs are cloaked in a shroud of ghostly, sad reverb, the textures muddied on 1st hearing, only to blossom on repeated listen as brittle chord changes have your eyes welling up, shards of layered, rattling sound that profoundly affects me again & again. Truly, their songs often remind me of some of The Clean's early wares but I'm strongly reminded of London's legendary Flaming Stars, Brian Jonestown Massacre, Martin Bramah's Blue Orchids, Spacemen 3 & Clinic too, all hugely stubborn, individualistic bands who've always stuck to their own agenda, Crystal Stilts deserve your love, a trans-atlantic blast from the past, a sweet breath of fresh air. It's an old cliche but PLAY LOUD!
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