SONG PICK: Choir Boy – Sweet Candy
Without taking away from Choir Boy‘s appeal as a band, with great songwriting and production talent, it is Adam Klopp‘s vocals that make their music so irresistibly unique and wonderful. In “Sweet Candy”, the newest single by the dreamy quartet, Adam takes us on a ride of highs and lows, warm and fuzzy, smothered with a lot of yearning and melancholy.
Asked about the track, Adam explains:
“‘Sweet Candy’ expresses the sugar cravings and lovesickness of someone who denies themselves the excitement and bliss of romantic fulfillment. They’ve had a taste, but have opted for a sugar free diet.”
This explains the soulful and longing vibe but there is so much more to it as Adam continues:
“On the first day working on it in the studio, Michael and I took some acid hoping it would soften our biases. Mid way through the day I began imagining the song as a neighborhood in a 1950’s musical. When the instrumentation sounded natural to me, it felt like the characters were going about their business on a calm Saturday morning, chiming in to the neighborhood gossip when they saw fit. “Oh it’s true, I heard that too.” Chaz and Jeff would play around with the beat and instrumentation and every 10 minutes Michael and I would return from space with a twinkly piano or a character from our play. At some point, our friend Bly (who recorded and produced the record) began producing a meal of tomato sauce and garlic bread. The sauce was fragrant and seemed to take forever to cook. In the middle of someones take, the toaster oven bell dinged a great ding. “Someone’s cooking something good!” I thought. So we incorporated the bell sound in the drums. The day continued like that with many ideas tipping toeing the line between rotten and wrong. Finally, after an exhausting day of stimulating playtime, we drank some fancy bottled water and went home.”
“Sweet Candy” is taken from Choir Boy’s brilliant second album “Gathering Swans”, out May 8th via Dais Records. Listen to the beautifully tender “Sweet Candy”, our Song Pick of the Day:
Photo credit: Karen Judith Davis