Nature Noir


Crystal Stilts


Amoeba Review

09/16/2013

Crystal Stilts' third album is their deepest, darkest listen yet. It starts with the droning beauty of "Spirit In Front of Me," as the band seems to stretch and awaken. "Star Crawl" nicely features singer Brad Hargett's disaffected croon and strings, which billow warmly underneath the band's lo-fi sound. If the first two songs feel like lost cuts from the Velvet Underground's third album, "Future Folklore" mirrors that band's early hedonistic thump. But for the most part, Nature Noir finds the band settling down a bit. "Sticks and Stones" benefits from the addition of a gleaming autoharp. "Memory Room" is lovely campfire folk with a killer bassline, and "Darken the Door" brings back some of the band's rock shuffle before things get too sleepy. Unlike the first couple of Crystal Stilts releases, Nature Noir isn't the kind of album with a few towering highlights; it's smoother, yet it also takes a few listens to get under your skin. But give it time, and it becomes apparent that it's another indelible release from the band.



Track Listing



Disc 1 Titles
Artist
Length
File/Price
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1.
Spirit in Front of Me
Crystal Stilts 04:13
2.
Star Crawl
Crystal Stilts 03:46
3.
Future Folklore
Crystal Stilts 02:34
4.
Sticks and Stones
Crystal Stilts 02:35
5.
Memory Room
Crystal Stilts 03:37
6.
Worlds Gone Weird
Crystal Stilts 02:49
7.
Darken the Door
Crystal Stilts 03:51
8.
Electrons Rising
Crystal Stilts 03:03
9.
Nature Noir
Crystal Stilts 02:48
10.
Phases Forever
Crystal Stilts 04:18
11.
Electrons Rising (Reprise) [Bonus Track]
Crystal Stilts 02:52

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