Sugar Candy Mountain | Mystic Hits (Royal Oakie)

cd sugar-candyThis album could speak novels…if the band only knew what it wanted to say.

 

 

 

Dubbed the “psychedelic soundtrack for the 21st century,” the debut album from San Francisco’s Sugar Candy Mountain is froth with wild, baroque, psychedelic sounds. Recorded in San Paolo, Brazil, and Oakland, Calif., Mystic Hits is an eclectic, if not overdone production. The band has, indeed, created a unique sound; however, that sound is unapproachable and muddy. With way too much reverb reminiscent of ’60s surf rock and Iron Butterfly–style tempo changes, Sugar Candy Mountain is, in a large sense, a bad taste in your mouth.

Some of the tracks are attempts at Beatles–esque vocals and harmonies; others are more punk-inspired. The songs fail to blend nicely together, and for all the vocal “ooh”s and “ahh”s, the weirdness disguises what might actually be a collection of good songs. Unfortunately, this album does not showcase a band with a different flair; instead, it makes for an album with no clear destination. Spotlight tracks include the album opener,”UveUvam Vivende Varia Fit,” with its odd tempo changes, and the deliciously odd “I’m A Tiger.”

Overall, the crossing of genres here is beyond eclectic: It verges on the annoying. Outside production would have helped—the album was produced by the band. For fans of artists like Tame Impala and The Flaming Lips, this album could speak novels…if the band only knew what it wanted to say. C- | Marc Farr

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