9. Crystal Stilts: In Love With Oblivion.

What I love about this album is the timeless quality of the music.

You can hear all their influences up front, but they’re all put together in a fresh and exciting way, with wit and intelligence and a kind of noir nonchalance.

The singer gives me the feeling that he’s not trying too hard, just mumbling words into a reverb chamber – you catch the odd line that makes you want to listen harder – there’s something interesting going on and they don’t care if you listen or not.

Imagine if you will, Jim Morrison’s nerdy kid brother unearths a huge, ancient conspiracy and decides to form a garage band so that the world might come to understand – yeah, something like that is going on here.

So the future is looking a lot like the past – but in a good way!

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Award winning journalist and boss of Louder Than War. In a 30 year music writing career, John was the first to write about bands such as Stone Roses and Nirvana and has several best selling music books to his name. He constantly tours the world with Goldblade and the Membranes playing gigs or doing spoken word and speaking at music conferences.


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