Photo Credit : Yasamine June
Today, Sugar Candy Mountain shares the “Mar-a-Lago” music video via LA Record, directed by Arsenii Vaselenko. Do Right is out now on PIAPTK Records. Click here to order the album. According to band member Ash Reiter, “much of the album was written during the election and inauguration of Trump. Like many, I found myself trying to understand how this could be possible, wondering what to do next. Of course as a musician I wrote a song. What I saw was a lost generation, a mass of people that felt voiceless and vaguely unsatisfied with life. All these people were looking for something and hoped Trump could give it to them. Mar-a-Lago is written from their point of view, pleading: “Lead me on, lead me somewhere, I just want what I deserve/ Lead me on, lead me somewhere, make me someone, make me yours”. I have felt all these feelings; wanting someone to show the way, someone to satisfy your unnamed gnawing desires, to matter, to belong. When broken down this way I could begin to empathize with people I previously couldn’t even fathom.”. I have felt all these feelings; wanting someone to show the way, someone to satisfy your unnamed gnawing desires, to matter, to belong. When broken down this way I could begin to empathize with people I previously couldn’t even fathom.”
Part travelogue, part response to the current, turbulent climate, Do Right gives voice to the deeply nested anxiety of modern times attempting to offer a balm. Nature it seems, is where the band often goes to calibrate it’s moral compass so frequently upended by the daily news-cycle. Sugar Candy Mountain invites you to join them on this journey singing “There’s a quiet place I go when I need to find my way/ There’s a quiet place inside/ Come on in just knock and a door will open”. Musically, the band remains rooted in 60’s and 70’s rock, with their signature honey sweet vocals. Do Right leans more heavily on synthesizer than the band’s previous records lending the album a more modern feel. The album pairs the ephemeral orchestral arrangements of The Beach Boys with the pop sensibility of George Harrison on “All Things Must Pass”. Oscillating between the hazy psychedelic pop of Mild High Club, the driving energy of Dungen and the danceable familiarity of The Supremes, Do Right is a perfect cocktail of old and new, imploring the listener to take a ride into the sunset with Sugar Candy Mountain.
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