Crystal Stilts are still hot off of the release of their last album, In Love With Oblivion, but instead of taking time off, they have returned with a new EP that showcases things to come.
Coming in at just over twenty minutes long, Crystal Stilts new EP, Radiant Door packs a familiar punch. The treble-y tone of the guitar brings back images of beaches and the feeling of paddling out to catch that one big wave. That's not to say that this EP sounds like it's stuck in yesteryear—the band does a good job of taking fuzzy garage rock influences and making them new for contemporary ears. Singer Brad Hargett's Morrissey-like delivery gives the relentlessly poppy songs a somewhat menacing quality to them. The echo on his voice in the closing track "Frost Inside The Asylum" gives that song the detached feeling that makes it work so well.
The EP opens with "Dark Eyes," a track focused on the upbeat strumming of an acoustic guitar, with sparse hand claps being the main meat of the rhythm section. The whirling organ riff gives the song a whimsical effect. Radiant Door then moves to its title track, taking on a darker tone but keeping the call-back guitar riffs. The surf-rock influence is most evident on "Still As The Night," a song that could very well be a cover from the 1960s. The organ and rolling drum beat of "Low Profile" finds the band playing a New Wave sound, complete with subdued guitars that allow a simple synth riff to shine through.
Short and sweet, the EP is merely a taste of the band's future preoccupations. Stream Radiant Door below.