ARC044: Crystal Stilts - Alight Of Night
Artist: Crystal Stilts
Release Date: 16th February 2009
Release Type: Album
Formats: CD, 12", download
These are all just rough points of reference, though - Alight of Night is far more than just the sum of the bands influences. From the twang 'n' echo of 'Crystal Stilts' to the primal pop stomp of 'Prismatic Room' and the lovely jangle of 'Shattered Shine', the band always adds something extra and unique to the mix, whether it's a fleeting dash of harmonica, a hypnotic organ line or just an amazing guitar sound. There is a unity of purpose at work here, a special mood conjured by the sounds, production and sequence of songs that lifts this album into the realm of the classics, and reveals new twists and turns on each listen.
Like all great albums, every piece just sits in exactly the right place, each song builds on the last and by the end you couldn't imagine changing anything about it at all. Eerily familiar but totally now, 'Alight of Night' is a brilliantly haunting slice of rock primitivism.
1. The Dazzled
2. Crystal Stilts
3. Graveyard Orbit
4. Prismatic Room
5. The SinKing
7. Shattered Shine
8. Verdant Gaze
9. Bright Night
10. Spiral Transit
11. The City In The Sea
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Artist: Crystal StiltsMusically, their sound has been likened to a variety of different sources. More often than not, New Zealand's Flying Nun label (The Chillis, The Bats) is cited as a big influence especially as the band received the blessing of The Clean's Hamish Kilgour at their very first show.