Nature Noir

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  • Summary: This is the third full-length release for the Brooklyn psychedelic pop band.
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  • Record Label: Sacred Bones
  • Genre(s): Pop/Rock, Alternative/Indie Rock, Indie Rock, Indie Pop, Noise Pop, Neo-Psychedelia
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  1. Positive: 8 out of 11
  2. Negative: 0 out of 11
  1. Oct 9, 2013
    Nature Noir feels like it’s got a bit more substance and structure, a natural foundation under the otherworldly sheen.
  2. Sep 17, 2013
    It’s intimidating at first, but once your eyes acclimatise, you’ll relish joining them in the shadows.
  3. 80
    'Sticks & Stones', 'Memory Room' and, oddly, the title track add slivers of graceful light to this bleak but captivating collection of noirish tales.
  4. Sep 16, 2013
    Nature Noir' is very much Crystal Stilts sticking to their well-trodden formula, conforming as they are, essentially, to their own trademark sounds. But it's also the sound of a band retaining the best of their identity: sharp melodies, steady drum fills and discordant synth still all underpin Brad's sleepy, monotonic vocals.
  5. Sep 30, 2013
    The first half of this album serves up to be a dynamite, nearly EP-of-the-year standard, if it was an EP. But, the whole album seems less focused and ideally not so much of an album but more a collection of tracks.
  6. Sep 17, 2013
    Nature Noir is nothing if not a well-crafted, whip-smart record, but it leaves me yearning for the days when the Stilts would put passion into trying to find the pulse. Or better yet, yearning for the days when the pulse may actually have existed.
  7. Under The Radar
    Sep 16, 2013
    There are a few genuine gems on the record, but you have to dig around for them amongst a lot of tracks that meander about, exulting in their own nostalgia without really going anywhere. [Aug-Sep 2013, p.88]

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