(Ceres and Calypso in the Deep Time)
Candy Claws is a trio based out Colorado, USA and their music can be summed up as 60’s era dream pop with 90’s shoegaze influences. We know, it sounds a bit strange, but there is really no other way to describe them. Their third release, Ceres and Calypso in the Deep Forever is a conceptual album based on the story 'The Blood Ark' by author Hans-Dieter Sues. It is about Ceres, a seal-like beast and Calypso, her human partner, as they travel through the Mesozoic Era. And each member of the band plays a role in the story. Whoa! What? So, we were naturally interested and we kept this in our rotation for quite some time, hoping it would grow on us. Unfortunately, the story is as interesting as the album will get, other than a couple of bright spots it falls flat and just drags on with not much lasting appeal.
The album is extremely over produced, perhaps by design. With the use of modern samplings with overly distorted guitars, bass and drums making this sound kind of one dimensional and unclear. The soft distorted male and female vocals are nestled way into the music. We usually have no problem with this technique, but we would love to actually hear the vocalists as they sound like a talented group. The overall sound is very high range; especially when the synths are at their peak, they are way too upfront, which can be unsettling and they do not go away. Just listen to the track "Pangaea Girls (Magic Feeling)" and you will understand. There are some bright spots to this album, like the bass, every once in a while we get a breakdown and hear the bass playing, which is good. It’s a shame that it is overshadowed by the all the dream-like music going on. We have to wait for tracks eight and nine to find songs that grab us. These songs are "Falling Tree Brigade (Brave Rainbow Rider)," which has some good rhythm and "Birth of the Flower (Seagreen)," this one is toned down enough to let the female vocals take control and they are quite pleasant. After these two tracks, there is nothing more that stands out and we are back to the over-sampled, high pitched vibe the rest of the way. Makes us want to sit in silence for a few hours and reboot our brains when it’s all said and done.
We admire their creativity to be unique and perhaps this sounds good live. We would love to know if anyone has seen them in concert. So, we’ll just take a break from them and check in time to time to see if they progress their sound. - 5/14/2014
Standout Tracks: Falling Tree Brigade, Birth of the Flower