Sugar Candy Mountain, a side project of Ash Reiter, has been sharing tracks from their upcoming LP Saudade Love on Bandcamp, and it’s music any fan of indie pop and/or psych rock should check out immediately. Drummer Will Halsey, who splits lead vocal duties with Reiter, tells me Saudade Love is a collection of songs he wrote while touring with The Blank Tapes in Brazil and a few “psychadelic tunes” he’s been working on with the rest of the band back in the Bay Area. While Reiter’s music under her own name is mostly sunny pop, Sugar Candy Mountain drifts out into the spacey psychedelic territory Halsey mentioned, while throwing in a bit of electronica and Brazilian influence for good measure. Despite the slightly different musical direction, Sugar Candy Mountain still crafts ear-catching hooks that I want to listen to over and over. Halsey tells me to look for a local Sugar Candy Mountain show in March, along with an LP in early summer.
Below, you can listen to “Some Body” off Saudade Love, where bossa nova rhythm meets Tame Impala-esque space rock. Also check out a video for “Hey, Look at Me”, which was released last year.