Recommended Cincinnati Concerts: Sugar Candy Mountain at MOTR Pub (Sept. 20)

Bay Area band's new 'Do Right' album punches up and sharpens the vintage Pop focus of its previous work, with the sun-kissed Psych glaze more baked in than layered on

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Sugar Candy Mountain

Though there is a lot of elemental crossover, contemporary Psychedelic music conjures different images for different people, ranging from swirly Pop melodics that call back to The Beatles and the waves of chill found in some Electronica to the noisier, progressive sounds of My Bloody Valentine or even Mars Volta and the Punk-kissed, often disorienting and still strangely hook-ridden works of purveyors like The Flaming Lips.

The best current bands are the ones that find a sweet spot between the various psychedelia intersections and add extra ingredients to offer different and distinct perspectives. One of the finest triptastic modern outfits is Oakland, Calif.’s Sugar Candy Mountain, which is based around the far-out Pop stylings of husband/wife tandem Ash Reiter (vocals, guitar) and Will Halsey (vocals, drums). The group has become a favorite among Psych fans, and its brilliant new album, Do Right, seems poised to push SCM to the next level of banddom, moving the foursome from “cult-ishly beloved” status to “Alt/Rock festival royalty” à la Tame Impala.

Do Right punches up and sharpens the vintage Pop focus of its previous work, with the sun-kissed Psych glaze more baked in than layered on. Listening brings to mind the Pop symphonies of Brian Wilson and Phil Spector, with sprinkles of the slanted Tropicalia of Os Mutantes and the melting-sunset euphoria of late ’60s/early ’70s Californian Folk Rock.


Sugar Candy Mountain will be joined by local Indie Rock crew Soften for their free show at MOTR. Click here for more info.

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