Crystal Stilts - Nature Noir

Today: $14.67
Free Shipping*

Club O Gold Members Earn

$0.70 | 5% Rewards*




5% Rewards

Earn even faster

Free Shipping

Never pay extra*

Exclusive Rewards

Save big-- up to 40%

Exclusive Offers

Straight to your inbox

5% Dining Rewards

Get paid to go out tonight

ITEM# 15551175
  • Delivery Estimate

    Select a Product Option to view shipping

      **Delivery date is approximate and not guaranteed. Estimates include processing and shipping times, and are only available in US (excluding APO/FPO and PO Box addresses). Final shipping costs are available at checkout.

    • Warranty
      Select an option before changing warranty
    • Notifications

    Love this item?

    Save it to a list so you can find it anytime!


    something went wrong.

    Please refresh the page and try again.


    ITEM#: 15551175

    Audio Mixers: Al Carlson; Josh Bonati; Davey Jewell. Over a series of spooky, reverb-soaked albums and EPs, Brooklyn's Crystal Stilts have staked out a place as perhaps the foremost purveyors of dark psychedelic pop their generation has to offer. Their 2011 album, In Love with Oblivion, saw the band perfecting their claustrophobic sound to the point where one had to wonder whether they would just keep repeating themselves until the law of diminishing returns sunk them, or if maybe their next album would do some radical revamping. The EP that followed gave a few clues with the stark, country-tinged cover of the Sanford Clark death ballad "Still as the Night," but that did little to prepare the band's fans for the shocking amount of refurb the group did on their debut album for Sacred Bones, Nature Noir. While some of the vital parts of the band's sound are basically unaltered -- most notably Brad Hargett's almost disembodied croon -- and their ability to conjure up a mood so heavy that it's hard to shake, the parts surrounding the core are almost all new. Most striking is the lack of reverb on songs like the driving rocker "Future Folklore" or the jangling ballad "Stick & Stones." Hargett may still be stuck in the echo chamber, but the music on Nature Noir is simply recorded and very direct, with much more attention paid to detail in the arrangements and a wide variety of sounds employed. A couple songs are built around acoustic guitars, there are sawing violins added to a few, and most everywhere you look there's something happening sonically that's not happened on a Crystal Stilts record before. In the course of their development as artists, most bands make the choice to expand their sound. Some do it in ways that basically ruin them and make you wish they had just kept making the same record over and over. Crystal Stilts are in the small minority of bands whose expansion actually makes sense and feels like an organic outgrowth of what they had been doing before. Their choices all fit with their carefully built neo-psych aesthetic, and they all work to make the band sound more interesting and the record more impacting on first listen. Plus the songs are as strong, if not stronger, than any they have written. Nature Noir proves that Crystal Stilts aren't a one-trick band and it gives anyone who's been a fan up to this point an extremely compelling reason to follow them as they grow. ~ Tim Sendra


    UPC 616892145240
    Runtime 33 min.
    Type Performer
    Genre Rock & Pop
    Label Sacred Bones Records
    Number of Discs 1
    Track Listing Disc 1
    • 1. Spirit in Front of Me
    • 2. Star Crawl
    • 3. Future Folklore
    • 4. Sticks & Stones
    • 5. Memory Room
    • 6. Worlds Gone Weird
    • 7. Darken the Door
    • 8. Electrons Rising
    • 9. Nature Noir
    • 10. Phases Forever
    Format Compact Disc
    Spars Coding n/a
    Artists Crystal Stilts
    Dimensions 6.0x4.0x0.5
    Country of Origin United States

    Questions & Answers

    Yay! Be the first to ask a question about this product.

    Shopping Tips & Inspiration

    Shipping & Returns

    Contact Information

    This item will be delivered to you via USPS Trackable Media Mail or UPS Mail Innovations and will take from 2 days to 3 weeks from the time the item leaves our warehouse. *

    This product is not yet released, and is expected to ship on Sep. 17, 2013.

    This date is subject to change. In order to assure you receive's low price on this item, your credit card will be charged upon order placement. The item will ship immediately upon release.

    Standard Return Policy:

    Items must be returned in new or unused condition and contain all original materials included with the shipment. More Details

    FINAL SALE EXCLUSION: Items marked as FINAL SALE are not returnable unless the problem you experience is the result of our error.


    This item cannot be shipped to Alaska or Hawaii. More details

    For your protection, all orders are screened for security purposes. If your order is selected for review, our Loss Prevention Team may contact you by phone or email. There may be a two business day delay to process your order.

    ** Most Oversize orders are delivered within 1-4 weeks. Some orders may take 6 weeks to be delivered.