The group began as Is/Is in 2009 in Minneapolis, releasing an EP and a 7” single the subsequent two years. Shortly afterwards, drummer Mara Appel Des Lauriers headed west to Portland leaving the remaining members Sarah Nienaber and Sarah Rose to fend for themselves. They continued with other drummers and conjured two full length LPs, III in 2012 and their self-titled in 2014. Later that year, the Sarahs recorded Shadow Days as a duo, marking the end of their time in the frigid upper Midwest. They released the album after following Mara all the way to Portland. With the trio finally reunited, they changed the band name to Candace and released their aptly titled New Future in 2016 and New Ruins in 2018.
The result is the shimmering beauty and quiet power of their new record Ideal Corners, due May 29. The album explores themes of nostalgia and hope, the unease of modern band life, expectations and inertia - all encapsulated into tightly written psychedelic dream pop songs. There’s a melancholic elegance and lush grandeur to these tunes thanks to the timeless melodies, the glowing production and of course Mara’s ethereal chimes. Ideal Corners is the hazed-out summation of years of songcraft and self-discovery. The kind of record only Candace could make.