Music & Visions selected by Anna Lisa DM
“Converging in the Quiet“, from the first EP by the punk rock band Crystal Stilts.
Crystal Stilts EP
Released: July 14, 2008
Label: Woodsist, Feathery Tongue
In 2008 Woodsist re-released the EP and included the 2 songs from their first single, “Shattered Shine”.
Nature Noir sees The Stilts honing in on their various affinities at once. Simulcast from different pools of the past, bridging and expanding their intensive tastes in Soul, Folk, Psych, Country, Proto-punk and onward, it’s apparent that their new formulary is more subtle and fully realized than ever. Like any creation worth loving, it’s the quality of the ingredients and the unique perspective lenses of the creators that produce a marvel such as this. Pleasingly distilled in celestial darkness, floating in a sea of color drenched dreams, and grounded in protean mythology, Crystal Stilts third LP sounds refreshingly bold and deep rooted within the current musical climate.
With lyrical themes probing the dark connections between the individual and its environment, along with the shadowy interdependence of nature and man, the album strikes a more emotional chord than records past. Where Alight of Night and In Love With Oblivion reveled in a place of spaced-out awe, Nature Noir reaches forth with a very human yearning. Unmasked, refined and lush, Crystal Stilts here hint at freeform experimentation whilst holding on to their classic heritage. Retro fitted and forward committed, this is a record whose presence should be welcomed in your collection.
Crystal Stilts formed in 2003 in New York City by Brad Hargett (vocals) and JB Townsend (guitar) and are currently joined by Andy Adler (bass), Keegan Cooke (drums), Kyle Forester (keys).
Katrin Korfmann grew up in Berlin, Germany and lives and works in Amsterdam, The Netherlands.
She studied at the Rietveld Academie in Amsterdam, where she specialised in photography and continued her research with residencies at the Rijksakademie in Amsterdam, Cittadellarte in Biella and the Chinese European Art Centre in Xiamen, China.
Owing to her background in photography, Katrin Korfmann’s work in various media – photo-works, videos and installations – is concerned with concepts of framing, perspective, and the social dimensions of perception, and pushes the boundaries of photography and representation.
An important determinant in her work are observations of specific public places, made visible through the presentation of different sequential incidents that have been registered within a given period and location, in one single spatial arrangement.
The issue of responsibility for the existence of an image, the choice of the right moment and the framing that determines an image also play an important role in her work.
Korfmann’s work maybe characterized by a formal level of composition, structure and spatiotemporal experience, that is aimed at the registration and investigation of social constructions and behavior in public space.
Since the late 1990s her work has been exhibited internationally in galleries, museums, alternative art institutions and public spaces. Her work is represented in numerous private and public international collections.
She won several prizes for her work, including Radostar Prize (CH), Prix de Rome (2nd prize) and the Esther Kroon Award (NL) and received grants from international institutions like Robert Bosch and Würth Foundation, Akademie der Künste Berlin (DE) and Mondriaan Fund (NL). Additionally to her artistic practice she is a tutor at the Royal Academy of Art, The Hague.