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THE RECOMMENDER – NUMBER 80 – GLASS CANDY

GLASS CANDY

This Portland duo have been on our iPods for ages.  When we say ages, we mean over a decade.  In fact, before we had things called iPods!  They started out with more members, who had names like Dusty Sparkles and Ginger Peach, releasing various EPs, singles, live albums, covers and the Love Love Love eight-track 12″.  Their sound was more akin to the sexy punk that Blondie, or more recently the Yeah Yeah Yeahs, jammed out with style.  In the last few years Glass Candy stripped down to a duo, with the equally well named Johnny Jewel and singer Ida No, producing albums like the excellent B/E/A/T/B/O/X in 2007 and their 2008 disc, Deep Gems, both being a mixture of original singles, B-sides and rarities, alongside some covers, now releasing through the fantastic Italians Do It Better label.  Their sound, although still dripping with 70s connotations and influence, is now purely electronic, with Ida No’s rather echoing, libidinous vocals gliding over Johnny’s disco synths.  Think Fan Death, were they to step out of the (italo) disco and get involved in a breakdancing competition on a street basketball court.  Simple fuzzed chords, with a big bass and loads of atmospheric style, gets banged out whilst the hot Ida No hops around looking as sexy as Kate Bush at her lycra-leggings-best.  The reason they’ve now got their listing on The Recommender is because of a video, apparently and rather shockingly their first ever, from director Travis Peterson, for their track Feeling Without Touching (see below).  It got released last week and is a splendid and alluring piece of work, showing Ida No dancing like those folks who stood in the crowd in the 70s and 80s Top Of The Pops shows.  This Portland pairing may well have been around for some time, but if you can continue producing work this tidy, for this long, then they deserve all the attention we can possibly hand them.   (MB)

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Hear them here:        GLASS CANDY – CANDY CASTLE

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4 Responses to “THE RECOMMENDER – NUMBER 80 – GLASS CANDY”


  1. 1 Rosie Rogers
    March 31, 2010 at 7:19 pm

    Loving this post on Glass Candy. My fave tunes are Computer Love (check out the Coldplay rip) and Digital Versicolour, which is the standout ‘killer’ track from the film Bronson. I didn’t realise they had new stuff out – might have to adopt the 70’s snake to my dancing dictionary to celebrate. 😀

    Keep up the good work!

  2. April 1, 2010 at 1:06 pm

    Thanks for sharing..good post


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