Talking to a friend several months ago about a quote she had on her IM profile, which said Fuck is the new Wolf, I couldnâ€™t help but make the following prediction: Sure, but Crystal is the new Fuck. I could not have been more right.
Itâ€™s list time (in order of when I became aware of the band):
– Crystal Skulls
– Crystal Castles
– Crystal Stilts
– Crystal Antlers
Oh, and I just got a CD in the mail by a band called Celestial. Their latest release is called Crystal Heights.
The latest add band-wise, however, is Crystal Antlers and I recently picked up their self-titled EP, just reissued on Touch And Go Records (a prior versionâ€”the one I haveâ€”was self-released by the band). Enclosed inside a paperboard case are six unclassifiable songs.
And they truly are; each song blends so many genres that it becomes difficult to distinguish one influence and style from another. Take single â€œA Thousand Eyesâ€â€”the song that originally got me into the bandâ€¦ it combines all the proper elements to make Crystal Antlers a hype group. The organ/bass lines even give it a jazz-like base.
But â€œA Thousand Eyesâ€ isnâ€™t the only phenom on the EP. While theyâ€™re all great, opener â€œUntil The Sun Dies (Part 2)â€ and closer â€œParting Song For The Torn Skyâ€ are easy favorites. The true eye opener, in my opinion, is the latter. Andrew Kingâ€™s wild experimental guitar solo that spans much of the song is breathtaking; then, when Johnny Bell belts out his hoarsely screamed vocals at around the midpointâ€”hell, itâ€™s an audible orgasm. Seriously, few songs from this yearâ€”if anyâ€”top this one in sheer genius.
Thatâ€™s pretty much what you can expect from the entire EP: creative genius thatâ€™s unparalleled in modern music. And thatâ€™s what makes Crystal Antlers the best damn band taking advantage of the Crystal is the new Fuck tagline.
Crystal Antlers: A Thousand Eyes [mp3]
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Touch And Go [CDEP, 2008]
1. Until The Sun Dies (Part 2)
3. A Thousand Eyes
6. Parting Song For The Torn Sky