LA/Joshua 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.
Ash Reiter's woolly voice croons with the icy warmth of Francoise Hardy,
while Will Halsey's tender Lennon-esque vocals uncoil with easy languor.
Recorded with Jason Quever of Papercuts, the bands sophomore album sits
comfortably between 60's Laurel Canyon bliss and more modern production
of Dave Fridmann (Flaming Lips/Tame Impala). 666 is the band's first record
after deciding to retire Ash Reiter's eponymous solo project to focus solely
on Sugar Candy Mountain. With this shift Ash became more heavily invested
in writing for the project. On 666 the band moves away from the grandiose
production of their previous album, Mystic Hits, on which some songs
featured over two hundred instrument tracks.
The majority of basic tracking
was done on Jason Quever's 16 track Ampex tape machine through a Neve
console, and completed at the bands home studio. Under Quever's guiding
hand, production on 666 is significantly simplified, favoring featuring strong
melodies over the wildly playful orchestrations of Mystic Hits. Quever is also
significantly featured on the record as a player, with his influence distinctly
coloring the album.