Helping to spearhead a revival of neo-psychedelic pop, California's Sugar Candy Mountain fuses sunny, retro sounds with lush, sophisticated composition.
The band initially began in 2010 as the recording project of Oakland-based musician Will Halsey. From early on, his partnership with collaborator Ash Reiter yielded a unique sound blending classic '60s West Coast psychedelia with pastoral folk and pulling inspiration from pop experimentalists like Brazil's Os Mutantes, the Flaming Lips, and Brian Wilson. The band's self-titled 2011 debut drew largely from Halsey's early, more lo-fi recordings. By the time of 2013's Mystic Hits, Sugar Candy Mountain had evolved into a fully fledged live group with Halsey and Reiter at the helm. The album also expanded on their Brazilian influences and was partially recorded in São Paulo. For their follow-up, they recorded in San Francisco with Papercuts frontman Jason Quever. The album, 666, arrived in the summer of 2016 via PIAPTK Records. Working again with Quever, Sugar Candy Mountain took a more modern approach with 2018's Do Right, layering in vibrant synths alongside their more organic instrumentation. ~ Timothy Monger, Rovi