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Album Review: Candace – New Ruins

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Track, Video and Tour News: Candace – Rewind

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New Music: Wild Ones, Mirror Touch

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SAM WENC and Carl Laukkanen, while resident in that cultural hub in the Pacific Northwest, Oregon, got together and, sharing an interest in the textures and spaces of slow-moving ambient electronica, got together and laid down three albums’ worth of exploration of sonics as RON. Together they developed a language of sound at the interstice …

‘Words Write Hear’ is the first single from the forthcoming LP from Mother Mariposa, and BSM brings you the video premiere. To be released later this year on Little Cloud Records, Mother Mariposa is the newest project of Thomas Mudrick and Jsun Atoms (The Upsidedown, Daydream Machine, PIA). Two years in the making and joining forces with New Zealand’s Dan …

Wooden Shjips, long-time leaders of the contemporary psychedelic movement, expand their sound with V. which is released on Thrill Jockey Records this Friday. The quartet of Omar Ahsanuddin, Dusty Jermier, Nash Whalen and Ripley Johnson augment their already rich sound with laid back, classic summer songs. The songs were written during the summer of 2017 …

Portland-based four piece Chromatics this week confirmed that they will have a new album out in the Autumn on Italians Do It Better. The four piece made up of Ruth Radelet, Johnny Jewel, Adam Miller & Nat Walker have shared a new track and video, ‘Black Walls’, taken from the forthcoming album which will be their fifth …

Legendary Portlanders Wooden Shjips are set to release a new album on 25th May, their first in five years. The release of V. will be accompanied by a full UK tour, bringing their peaceful resistance to cities around the country, with mainland Europe dates to be added. V. is long awaited and is anticipated to be a …

Vive la Void is the solo project of Sanae Yamada, co-founder and keyboard player of Moon Duo. Yamada wrote and recorded the self-titled debut LP over a two-year period, during windows of downtime in Moon Duo’s substantial touring and recording schedule. The album will be released on Sacred Bones Records on 4th May. The seven …

One of our favourite dream pop outfits, Candace have just released a video for the song ‘Menocino’ off their brilliant album ‘New Ruins’ which Backseat Mafia reviewed recently, saying it combined ‘angelic harmonies with shimmering instrumentation throughout…drawing from elements of shoegaze and dream pop in a dreamy languorous mix, eschewing bombast and bravado for subtlety …

Today sees the release of the quite frankly gorgeous album ‘New Ruins’ by Portland, Oregon band Candace. I reviewed the single ‘Rewind’ off the album recently, noting the song’s ‘sun-bleached layered harmonies over crisply produced crystalline shards of guitar, Alpine-proportioned melodies and a bass line that manages to serve the song yet create its own …

“Rewind” is the stunning new single from Portland, Oregon band, Candace from their forthcoming album “New Ruins”. I’m new to Candace (formerly called Is/Is) and feel both a sense of regret that I haven’t come across them before and yet excitement at hearing what’s to come. “Rewind” has all the elements of the stuff I …

Rating: 8/10 Ahead of UK live dates starting later this month, Portland based Moon Duo are back with a limited edition 12″ which contents covers of two classics, ‘Jukebox Babe’ by Alan Vega and ‘No Fun’ by The Stooges. The double A side single is set for release on 19th January 2018 on Sacred Bones Records. The …