After long sojourns through the American West while on tour with Yeasayer, Javelin worked up material influenced by the vivid landscape and the region’s associated cultural oddities for Canyon Candy, a multimedia project that serves homage to the Old West as well as its vintage Hollywood depictions. The band introduced the album in April with the lead track “Cowpoke”; here, Javelin unveils the full short film. Filtered through Javelin’s playful, beat-happy musical cypher, the soundtrack Javelin built for Canyon Candy is a stylistic mishmash of folksy, organic instruments like mouth harps and guitars as well as the usual sampling the band is best known for, creating an idiosyncratic mix that showcases a vivacious curation of sounds. The film itself is a worthwhile counterpart, a tone-matching ballad of Wild West intrigue replete with slaughters and duplicity. For the full experience, NYC’s the Clocktower Gallery is presenting an immersive Canyon Candy multimedia experience through 1/31. Check out the 16-minute Canyon Candy after the jump and grab a download of one of the soundtrack’s jams, “Estevez” while you’re there.
Javelin – “Estevez”
And here’s the previously posted “Cowpoke:”
Javelin – “Cowpoke”
The music from Canyon Candy EP is digitally available now via Luaka Bop and a limited amount of vinyl will be pressed for Record Store Day on 4/16. For a little more info on just how exactly Canyon Candy, the film, came together, head over to this Kickstarter Q&A featuring Javelin, director Mike Anderson and others involved with the project. Catch Javelin tonight at NYC’s the Stone, with Ahmed from Yeasayer, Powpow from Man Man, Miho from Cibo Mato for Luaka Bop’s residency there; Yeasayer’s Anand Wilder plays a solo set before at 8 PM.