Review: Sugar Candy Mountain Mesmerizes at Beat Kitchen

These days, psychedelia has crept back into music like it never left the ‘60s and ‘70s. We have Tame Impala playing arenas. We have Drugdealer sounding best on vinyl. We have Khruangbin creating not only music, but personas. And we have Sugar Candy Mountain creating sweet, trance-like rock with an edge, putting on a show at Beat Kitchen.

Daydream Review opened up the show with their dreamy, mesmerizing indie tunes, and Faux Furrs brought a distinct early Twin Peaks vibe with a twist. Both were excellent precursors to the main event, showcasing fledgling talent that is developing quickly, along with their fan bases.

Next up was Sugar Candy Mountain, bringing a distinctly California sound from their native state merged with a host of other influences for their music. After all, their albums were recorded in Brazil, where bossa nova made its roots, and San Francisco, where the Laurel Canyon sound was born. It’s no surprise that this interesting formula presents listeners with a unique sonic experience.

The band played songs mainly off their 2016 album, 666, including their song of the same name, “Sucette,” and “Windows.” They’d frequently break off into experimental psychedelic solos, much to the delight of the crowd. Following the set I actually began to feel as if I’d been hypnotized by sound━and I’d gladly repeat the experience.

Sarah Brooks
Sarah Brooks

Sarah Brooks is a native Chicagoan with a penchant for words, music, art and this magnificent city of Chicago. Raised on The Beatles and learning the violin at age 9, Sarah’s passion for music began early in life. Her musical obsessions include Wilco, Otis Redding, Neko Case and Real Estate, but they truly change daily. She can be found at a concert, trying a new restaurant, or running along the lakefront path.