Prismatic Room
Crippled Croon

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Crystal Stilts

Last time Brooklyn-based Crystal Stilts were touring Europe, their fifth man – Kyle Forester, the fair-haired guy on the keyboard – was missing. Now it’s his turn to embrace in a good-mooded and talkative way every aspect of tour life. Not only does he play the entertainer at their show at Bang Bang Club when it comes to the more or less obligatory talk to the audience, while singer Brad Hargett prefers to stay on the aloof-side; it was also Kyle, who paved the way for this inspiring video shoot. So when we step out the venue in the late afternoon, we find ourselves in this chilled atmosphere in Park Monbijou, where the quintet starts experimenting on songs. Once they make clear how to graft their characteristically echoed-up, deep-in-the-mix vocals with the reduced equipment, they go for “Prismatic Room” with the bells of the close-by Berliner Dom pealing throughout the song. Crystal Stilts’ reverb-laden pop with its dark aura still feels uplifting and this is not just because Kyle is amusing himself playing his part as “a real American hippie”, when they perform “Crippled Croon”. Crystal Stilts’ hypnotic sound may be inspired by “distorted fragments” and their mind may “imbibe the city’s madness”, as Brad sings in “Prismatic Room”, yet they still get to transfer it to something opalescent and magic.

  • Posted: August 25, 2009
  • Camera: Michael Luger
  • Sound Recording: Christian Frefel
  • Post-Production: Michael Luger
  • Photography: Sarah Brugner