Crystal Stilts - Alight of Night
- Camilla Pia
- 5 February 2009
You know Crystal Stilts are hip because they’re from Brooklyn, right? Well, here’s some news for you: whatever your locality, you still need to write a decent melody every now and then. The fivesome’s striking image, and the mean and moody Velvet Underground-meets-Gun Club vibe on their decidedly patchy debut, is enough to hold our interest for a couple of tracks – and ‘Crystal Stilts’, ‘Departure’ and ‘Graveyard Orbit’ are admittedly impressive – but after a while, listening to Alight of Night is like attempting conversation with the impossibly cool kids at school; the style is impeccable, but you don’t get a whole lot back.