Beautiful Shoegazsmic music with sea shores!

August 26, 2009

cool band

Candy Claws is a duo from Fort Collins, Colorado. They spent their first two years as a band writing and recording their first album. Which in their words was their “musical companion” to Rachel Carson’s book called “The Sea Around Us”. They describe Carson’s book as a non fiction scientific book “imbued with beauty and mystery, written in such elegant prose it feels more like poetry, a hymn to the sea”.  A hymn to the sea is quite a fitting expression to use here too since the album contains recorded sounds from different shores around in the world. From the seas of Italy to the Philippines. The band have acknowledged how this might sound like a gimmick but they feel it added a personal quality since it was recorded at places that were dear to them. It is hard to dismiss the creativity from these two.

They mention the Beach Boys, Starflyer 59, the Lassie Foundation, My Bloody Valentine, Cornelius as their inspiration for their music. When seeing these different inspirations all together you end up understanding the unique style they have come across.

I would describe their music as experimental shoe gazish with psychedelic elements. It’s one of the most original and beautiful music I have heard in a while. Which is just surreal considering the fact that the album was recorded in a bedroom!

You can get the album remastered for 4 euros via digital distribution from the indie irish label “indiecater records”. *edit* Now you can pre/order a hard copy. indiecater

Check out these tracks

Candy Claws – Catamaran

Candy Claws – Snowy Shores


An interesting interpretation of oriental music

August 25, 2009


Taken by Trees is the solo project of Victoria Bergsman from Stockholm, Sweden. You may recognised her as the vocalist of The Concretes, a swedish pop band which she later quit. Her debut album “Open Field” was recorded with the support of Peter Bjorn and John’s John Erikkson, Electrelane’s Verity Sussman and Andreas Söderström (of Ass and Tape).

The next upcoming album which is titled “East of Eden” will be released at roughtrade records on the 9th of September this year. So why do I find this upcoming record extraordinary? Well first id like to say that the record was recorded in Pakistan with local musicians.

If that doesn’t convince you yet you should take a listen to this. I would describe the music here as a unique combination of oriental folk and contemporary indie pop.

Taken By Trees – Watch The Waves

Taken By Trees – To Lose Someone