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Alight of Night


Download links and information about Alight of Night by Crystal Stilts. This album was released in 2008 and it belongs to Rock, Indie Rock, Pop, Alternative, Psychedelic genres. It contains 11 tracks with total duration of 37:05 minutes.

Artist: Crystal Stilts
Release date: 2008
Genre: Rock, Indie Rock, Pop, Alternative, Psychedelic
Tracks: 11
Duration: 37:05
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No. Title Length
1. The Dazzled 3:56
2. Crystal Stilts 2:57
3. Graveyard Orbit 3:26
4. Prismatic Room 3:36
5. The SinKing 2:35
6. Departure 4:28
7. Shattered Shine 2:51
8. Verdant Gaze 2:08
9. Bright Night 2:24
10. Spiral Transit 3:45
11. The City In the Sea 4:59



On Crystal Stilts' first full-length album, Alight of Night, the bandmembers aren't afraid to rely heavily on their obvious influences. On display for all to hear are the reverbed darkness of the early Jesus and Mary Chain, the twee punk energy of the Shop Assistants, the classic autumnal songcraft of Black Tambourine, and the raw and ragged production values of a hundred bands from the Seeds to Green on Red to Boyracer. Throw in some Velvet Underground, some C86, and some Love, and stir vigorously. What you end up with could be tired and derivative-sounding or it could be a thrilling mess of distorted energy. Alight of Night falls squarely in the latter half of that equation, and this is how they pull it off. For starters, there are the vocals of Brad Hargett. He mumbles and croons in a deadpan voice so mopey it feels like his face would crack if he ever fully formed syllables, much less words. Hargett hovers over the songs like a disaffected ghost, never cracking a smile or betraying any hint of lightness. It may take a spin or two to get past the remote iciness of his singing, but once you do it sounds perfectly appropriate in the context of the music, and his broken soul begins to seep into your brain. Next, they never make a false move musically. There are no lame solos, no lapses in taste, no moments they will wish they had back to do over. The band (wire-tough guitars by JB Townsend, powerful and simple drums from Frankie Rose) rocks hard when the song calls for it and provides the energy and drive that Hargett's vocals lack. It's a perfect blend of psychedelic gloom and garage rock punch, of indie pop hooks and girl group drama, of noise and candy. It's obvious from the first few seconds of Alight of Night that Crystal Stilts aren't doing anything shockingly new or innovative, and that's all right. They give the old noise pop formula enough of a kick to make this a very worthwhile addition to any noise pop fan's collection.