Crystal Stilts
In Love With Oblivion


4.0
excellent

Review

by Beram C. Lansay USER (21 Reviews)
April 25th, 2011 | 34 replies | 8,128 views


Release Date: 2011 | Tracklist

Review Summary: The nostalgic yet hazy drug induced memories of parties past.

3 of 3 thought this review was well written

The Brooklyn quartet, Crystal Stilts, must have gotten together with one goal in mind: create an album that once was pop but ultimately strayed too far from reality as it drunkenly wandered about. ”In Love With Oblivion” is indeed pop at heart yet, as the album name implies, it is hopelessly drawn to destructive tendencies. The instrumentals are simple and accessible, as are the vocals, but the overall sound is washed and faded. For as much as the album is upbeat and optimistic, it is equally dark and distant.

The most obvious influence is that of 60's psychedelia; Swirling organs paired with the Jim Morrison baritone vocals sketch a vague silhouette of The Doors. Of course this immediate image is overshadowed by the lo-fi Velvet Underground charm that flows through the album like heroin through the vein of a junkie. ”In Love With Oblivion” is very much like an addict. It is constantly in a haze, floating aimlessly amongst the world; a hollow shell of its former self. As much truth the album name holds, we still cannot escape its infectious charm. The tattered punk fabric is sewn seamlessly into acid tripped vocals, intoxicating us with the distant mindset of Crystal Stilts. This drugged out picture is most vividly illustrated by the track “Alien Rivers”. Nonsensical lyrics slowly form into monotony as the cyclical instrumentation drifts off into the drunken memories of years past.

With that memory just beyond reach, ”In Love With Oblivion” needs one more hit to grasp it. One more drop of acid, one more swig of whiskey, one more heroin binge to finally re-live the better days. As ominous and brooding it appears, glimpses of the past are laced throughout. Though the album is too fucked up to coherently formulate a sentence, the heart is still there. As lead singer Brad Hargett sings “she follows me into the sea, and I wanna know why” we ponder with him, oblivious to the fact that we just followed him too. Despite being a train wreck of a pop album, ”In Love With Oblivion” is everything we could ask for out of a noise-pop, garage rock concoction.



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lancebramsay
April 25th 2011



1585 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

drugs are bad m'kay

mallen-
April 25th 2011



1235 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

great album, more people need to hear this

Meatplow
April 25th 2011



5524 Comments


sounds excellent, good review

iFghtffyrdmns
April 25th 2011



7047 Comments


Though a tad brief, I'd say this is probably your best writing thus far... very well done.
Plus, I like shorter reviews anyway cause they don't drag on to the reader.

This sounds pretty cool, I'll add it to the download queue.

lancebramsay
April 25th 2011



1585 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Thanks guys. If you are a fan of Velvet Underground or the Doors you might dig this.

lancebramsay
April 25th 2011



1585 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Great album, more people need to hear this
Correction, excellent album

letsgofishing
April 25th 2011



900 Comments


Yeah, you've really got the short review shit down with this one. Covered the subject matter effortlessly, gave a clear image of it's sound, and put in more drug references than most reviews can dream of.





MalleusMaleficarum
May 3rd 2011



13812 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

love the groove and progression of Flying Into the Sun.

lancebramsay
July 13th 2011



1585 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Great review, I'm really digging this.
Thank you grand sir, this is quite an album to say the least.

mallen-
September 4th 2011



1235 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

album art = album

kanecooper
September 4th 2011



630 Comments


the horrors come from my hometown and used to hanfg around all the same places i did/do

crystal stilts are way better though

CrisStyles
September 22nd 2011



766 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Definitely hear the Morrison-type vocals on this, pretty good album. Love Flying Into the Sun.

TheVoiceAndTheSnake
September 22nd 2011



3663 Comments


The whole album is golden

PageTurner
October 13th 2011



41 Comments


album art>album [2]

lancebramsay
October 13th 2011



1585 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

album art>album [2]
album>you

lancebramsay
October 22nd 2011



1585 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

silentpotato>album art>album>silentpotato

TheVoiceAndTheSnake
October 22nd 2011



3663 Comments


stalkerish?

EyesWideShut
December 4th 2011



3098 Comments


its cool but aint gonna last after this year.

psykonaut
December 4th 2011



3913 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

pretty good

EyesWideShut
December 4th 2011



3098 Comments


right



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