oshua Tree based, Sugar Candy Mountain deliver carefully built psychedelic odes in the style of Jacco Gardner and Tame Impala. Their newest album 666 feels like something unearthed from a box of records found in your dad's garage, glowing wistfully with vintage inspired tones rambling organs, fuzzed out guitars, shimmering keys and sprawling drums. Reiter's woolly voice croons with icy warmth of Francoise Hardy, while Halsey's tender Lennon-esque vocals uncoil with easy languor. Recorded with Jason Quever of Papercuts, the bands sophomore album, 666 sits comfortably between 60's Laurel Canyon bliss and more modern production of Dave Fridmann (Flaming Lips/Tame Impala).
Early Sugar Candy Mountain began as a bedroom recording project for Will Halsey, who was a sought after drummer playing in many great Bay Area projects including The Blank Tapes, fpodbpod and Ash Reiter. Halsey wrote playful songs in the vein of Of Montreal and The Beach Boys. Soon Ash Reiter and Halsey began co-writing and even had a short lived phase of writing electro pop dance tunes which can be found on the bands recently re-released first album.
As Sugar Candy Mountain searched for its sound and Halsey honed his skills as a producer and multi-instrumentalist, the band remained mostly in the studio. Around this time Reiter made a New Years resolution to smoke more weed and also was spending a lot of time with Kyle McClendon, pedal fanatic and band manager for Ash Reiter at the time. The confluence of Halseys growing prowess as a producer, Reiters growing pedal collection and stoney recording sessions pointed the band in a decidedly psychedelic direction.
Soon Bryant Denison (The Beehavers) who had been playing bass in Ash Reiter became a permanent member of the band on his first instrument guitar. Denison is a guitar wizard and isnt afraid to show off- he plays most shows in glittery wizard costume complete with a witchs hat surrounded by three amps, his pedals and now a keyboard. The bands live set is entrancing, balancing intense energy with dynamic grooves.
Sugar Candy Mountain stands apart from the growing number repetitive droney psych bands, for its dedication to subtlety and devotion to melody. Since moving to Joshua Tree in November the band has been busy touring the west coast and setting up a new home studio and has already tracked albums for The Blank Tapes and fpodbpod and even a few Sugar Candy Mountain songs. The band plans to spend the majority of the year touring the US and Europe and is currently joined by Peter Maffei (The Electric Magpie) on bass.