Candy Claws


SXSW Records

Candy Claws

Hidden Lands (Twosyllable)

This Fort Collins, Colo., octet deliberately daubs each blob of sound onto its canvas, even though the image is gauzy at best. Hidden Lands has a dreamlike quality, with vocals a couple of layers removed from the instrumentation, each song containing a sample from another song on the album. Watery plunks and plops take center stage as the music guides you blindfolded through a moss-carpeted fairy forest. The song titles each reference the elements, although it's unclear what that has to do with a song like "Silent Time of Earth," rich with Moogs and theremin and a loungey melody that probably sounds great on the hi-fi. Perhaps that's not the point. Perhaps we're meant to do that gallery dance of standing back, taking things in, then slowly inching forward to observe each meticulous brushstroke, maybe even catching a glimpse of a fairy wing out of the corner of our eye. (Fri., 12mid, Soho Lounge)


A note to readers: Bold and uncensored, The Austin Chronicle has been Austin’s independent news source for over 40 years, expressing the community’s political and environmental concerns and supporting its active cultural scene. Now more than ever, we need your support to continue supplying Austin with independent, free press. If real news is important to you, please consider making a donation of $5, $10 or whatever you can afford, to help keep our journalism on stands.

Support the Chronicle  

More Music Reviews
Texas Platters
Spray Paint
Into the Country (Record Review)

Raoul Hernandez, Dec. 13, 2019

Texas Platters
Graham Reynolds
Marfa: A Country & Western Big Band Suite (Record Review)

Rick Weaver, Nov. 22, 2019

More by Melanie Haupt
Restaurant Review: Mexta
Restaurant Review: Mexta
Mexta wants to be Austin’s new upscale Mexican dining destination

July 5, 2024

Restaurant Review: Bambino
Restaurant Review: Bambino
New Eastside pizza joint from L’Oca d’Oro owners has something to say

June 7, 2024


Candy Claws

One click gets you all the newsletters listed below

Breaking news, arts coverage, and daily events

Keep up with happenings around town

Kevin Curtin's bimonthly cannabis musings

Austin's queerest news and events

Eric Goodman's Austin FC column, other soccer news

Information is power. Support the free press, so we can support Austin.   Support the Chronicle