Candytree have consistently released albums for what seems like decades. They exist as something emblematic of persistence.
The Cathode Rain is startling in so far as they sound completely rejuvenated and tonally mature.
The majority of readers of this review will not be familiar with Candytree. Psychedelic pop: playing card indie, kings, jacks, boxed genres and colour wheels. In 1995 they would have been at the vangard of the shoegaze-pop post Mary Chain sensibility. Through the ensuing years they have admitted trod water and at various times threatened to drown to personnel wanderings, indifference and the spectre of poverty. How sublimely staggering is it to receive an album as great as The Cathode Rain.
The guitar's reminiscence of early Radiohead and the processed female vocals bring to mind the hugely underrated Medicine of, yes you guessed it, 1995. Do we remember the impact of The Crow soundtrack? The swaying noisecore of Time Baby III depicted gothically malevolent in that sublime slice of visual overproduction and teen fantasy, echoes through many parts of this album. Remember kids, that Radiohead of their time weren't that unique; their early light was shared with Medicine (Time Baby III), Spaceman 3 (Ladies and Gentlemen we are floating in space), and Adorable (Sistine Chapel Ceiling).
It's history now so feel the potsherd, taste the lime and exhume shoegaze's corpse because if S.C.U.M have taught us anything it's that it's time to shine, darkly.
Speaking of Adorable, they used to be called The Candy Thieves, so the circularity of history is once again repeating itself. One feels that The Cathode Rain might be well served, at least with the release of The Cathode Rain of changing their name and starting afresh. They now have the ammunition. Cathode kills all comers. It has become weirdly and undeniably relevant.
The power inherent in The Cathode Rain exceeds my pathetic and obsessive love of 90s Shoegaze with its losers, cold bitches, wet shoulders, and ridiculous conversations on Milan Kundera. It rounds out the trifecta of S.C.U.M and YUCK by its revolt of paisley, malcontent, social realism and saccharine sweetness. It's an album that is great for all the reasons that S.C.U.M and Yuck give us pause (and they're still good). We should uphold Candytree because they have made it through the otherside and have brought the nectar of hell with them, which makes this release so much the sweeter.
© Kalias Elmer, 2011 http://networkedblogs.com/rVK7H?mid=55
The Cathode Rain's nine cloudbursts Bring the Fear On: The album opener, it's a caressing anti-personnel manifesto carried by a tense jangly riff; Power Failure: the lead single is a slip sliding melodic power anthem. Imagine a glider with a turbo boost button; Hypnotise: the penultimate track and the albums climax is an embracing, flurrying anthem. If this song was made solid it would be a snow globe; Fix A Gun: the perfect closing track, this is a daybreak croon propelled by an ambient rhythm trickling down like a digital rain; Radars & Crossed Wires: a fierce pop noir thrash, vocals slipping between sweet smiles and sneering snarls; Illusion: a mid-breakup lullaby, with a dawn melancholy and melody mostly carried by piano; Electric Wave: the crypto title track is scrap yard metallic pop noire, with a gothic punch, followed up by a lush oceanic kiss-in-the-tail with classic rock style guitar soloing. And it's whole lot less messy than that sounds; Take Another Hit: a skating thrash anti drugs homily that could sneakily cross-over to a Vampire movie soundtrack; Rewind the Camera: loud and grungy delinquent pop with taunting backing vocal. So, 9 great reasons to get this album then. Eugene Brown, Epping ,UK Oct 2011
Y'all (candytree to defect from facebook) - my earlier e-mail to the band which I'm happy to share more widely:
Several factors have inspired this decision (it will come into effect tomorrow evening):
Daniel Ek (Spotify CEO) and Mark Zuckerberg (facebook CEO) have joined forces in an attempt to 'monopolise' the music market and, in turn, peoples' tastes; yet another example of homogeny and patronisation, and another attempt to devalue the efforts of all of us in making our music, and, encouraging the perpetuation of pittance return back to artists (already this morning I saw links appear to PREVIOUS recordings of 'candytree' which do not represent what we are doing NOW; my blood is boiling and not only that, this development, in an instant, has taken any marketing immediately out of our control.It's social engineering which has now gotten completely out of control). Can I gently remind all of you that Spotify, although offering music for 'free' to 'consumers' returns only, on average, $0.0001 back to the artists. We will still maintain a presence there with future recordings (and the album of course) but we will not be reliant upon it. May be worth mentioning to friends or fans that their engagement with Spotify and facebook for their musical needs - and based upon that level of return back to us in royalty terms - is a measure of how much they may value what we are doing ie not much it would seem.
Music should not be free and I'm going to be in the vanguard of artists who must insist upon some sort of living wage fairly and rightly in my view. Why isn't beer free?! Applying the logic that music 'fans' apply, what's stopping me from leaping over a bar and helping myself, eh? People appear to value beer, food, motor vehicles, insurance, bollox, more highly than music and this has to stop, and candytree do NOT ENDORSE that attitude.
We shall focus our energies on 'music' related fora where fans can still engage with us, but, PROPERLY engage. Facebook is 'noisy' and full of SO MUCH stuff - we are getting lost in there and can't hope ever really to be seen or appreciated more widely through there, as a result. It may just as well be renamed clutter.com and personally, I'd rather eat my own pancreas than have anything more to do with it. True lovers of music, and what we are doing aswell, will gravitate towards us in any case: it is a strategic disconnect from those who never bother EVER to engage with us on facebook and its a waste of my time, frankly, putting all this stuff up and being effectively ignored.
Timeline software has been introduced and will be a mandatory component on facebook before long; there will be no opt-out. No, privacy settings will not prevent what is effectively 'spying' on EVERYONE'S activity; yes, even the excruciatingly mundane ('Billy just opened his toaster! LOL!'). No, I'm not 'laughing out loud', I'm severely 'pissed' (in American parlance).
It's been really great fun being engaged on it over the years but frankly, there are better and more effective and more imaginative ways to market the band and in the main, it is really the only reason I seem to use it anyway.
Another motivation is that I TRULY VALUE our fans and music and our efforts and they, and us, deserve better than facebook. We'll see who our real fans are in time (indeed we already do know who they are at the moment in many ways) but let's treat us and them with some respect and dignity; facebook DOESN'T do that and I want nothing more to do with that level of patronisation and disrespect that facebook peddles towards its users and music in general.
Feel free to circulate this e-mail to any friends/fans who may wish to know why we're leaving it.
All best skinny x
Huge thanks to our buddy Gordon Steel for the work he has done on the NEW candytree website www.candytree.net.
We'd like you to engage with the site, as and when, so please do visit when you have a moment.
Many thanks! skinnycandy x
Now underway. We've now got the track sequencing nailed; truly excited about this!