Candy Claws – “Silent Time Of Earth” Video (Stereogum Premiere)

On their second album Hidden Lands, Fort Collins, Colorado octet Candy Claws get hooked on the conceptual. For starters, we’re told they opted to write the material on keyboards because they didn’t know how to play keyboards — I guess the idea of non-virtuosity/a learning curve offering an opportunity to tap into new approaches and spaces. Beyond that, Hidden Lands is labeled as “a musical companion” to Richard M. Ketchum’s 1970 book The Secret Life Of The Forest. We’re told “to derive lyrics, the band borrowed paragraphs from the book and used translation software to translate them back and forth between English and Japanese until they equalized…” Each song on the collection also contains a sample from all the other songs on the album. You can dig into this (and more) via detailed liner notes (and label scribble), but the 45 minutes are more enjoyable if you forget the above and allow the ambient whirl of keys, light percussion, soft bass, lighter voices, bird songs, strings, samples, and half-remembered Herb Alpert brass to flow without so many rules, references, and notations. But one more: For this “Silent Time Of The Earth” video the band “re-colored,” “re-sountracked,” and re-edited Ivan Ivanov-Vano and Soyuzmultfilm’s 1944 Russian animation, The Stolen Sun.

The band’s thoughts on “Silent Time Of Earth”:

Our song is about the billions of years while the earth was coming to life, before humans appeared. Apparently, these are the special kinds of antics performed by the animals before they had to behave for us.

(Or you can read The Stolen Sun against World War II and what would happen to the animals after they had to behave for us.) The song:

Candy Claws – “Silent Time Of Earth”

Hidden Lands is out via twosyllable. They list Isaac Asimov and Burt Bacharach as influences. You’ll see a manifestation of the latter at yourstru.ly. You might also think of Quiet Village or Rod McKuen’s spoken word stuff a la “Pushing The Clouds Away” buried beneath Kevin Shields broadcast on a.m. radio. Catch them live:

09/01 – Lubbock, TX @ The Foundation %
09/03 – Phoenix, AZ @ The Trunkspace %!
09/05 – San Francisco, CA @ Bottom of The Hill %
09/08 – Vancouver, BC @ The Media Club %
09/09 – Seattle, WA @ The Vera Project %
09/10 – Portland, OR @ Music Fest NW / Backspace %#
09/11 – Garden City, ID @ Visual Arts Collective %
09/13 – Salt Lake City, UT @ Kilby Court %
09/14 – Denver, CO @ Hi-Dive %
09/16 – Lawrence, KS @ Replay Lounge %
09/17 – Memphis, TN @ Hi Tone Café %
09/19 – Charlotte, NC @ Snug Harbor
09/18 – Atlanta, GA @ Drunken Unicorn
09/20 – Washington, DC @ Red & Black
09/21 – Brooklyn, NY @ The Rock Shop
09/22 – New York, NY @ Mercury Lounge ^
09/24 – Urbana, IL @ Pygmalion Music Festival
09/25 – Cincinnati, OH @ Midpoint Music Festival
10/23 – Swarthmore, PA @ Olde Club/Swarthmore College **
10/28 – New Haven, CT @ Lily’s Pad **
10/29 – Montreal, QE @ Pop Montreal

% w/ Magic Kids
# w/Abe Vigoda
! w/ Titus Andronicus
** w/ A Sunny Day In Glasgow
^ w/ Crocodiles

Take home “Sunbeam Show,” too:

Candy Claws – “Sunbeam Show”

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