GENRE | PSYCH POP
VERDICT | SUDDENLY NOSTALGIC, BUT FOR WHAT I DON’T KNOW
LABEL | SACRED BONES RECORDS
RELEASE | 11.15.11
Crystal Stilts seem to fit effortlessly into the recent mold of surf rock/dream pop bands that have garnered so much attention lately. By successfully combining elements of the hazy, 16mm haunt of Beach House, the cavernous vocals of Women and the post-punk urgency of Joy Division,
they have formed a cohesive variety of ghostly psych pop.
Opener “Dark Eyes” is a two-chord jaunt complete with tambourines and hand claps that would fare perfectly at any hazed-out dance party. “Still as the Night” has a churning, reverb-laden riff that starts out well enough, but soon descends into a stoner version of “Rawhide” with a drunken Jim Morrison crooning in the background. And I have to admit—album closer “Frost Inside the Asylum” could easily be the soundtrack for an old school John Cusack break-up scene. Radiant Door has its ups and downs, but the tracks ultimately come together to contour a moody, solid collection.