Campe Candle is two friends from Philadelphia trek through the crossroads of life with their music and a smile. She is Hetepsa. He is Nu Ra. They are Camp Candle. The duo met at W.B Saul High School of Agricultural Sciences, a school with a farm, located right in Philly. Throughout the years, the "farm school" became an unusual and often therapeutic outlet away from the decadence that plagues the city streets. Most city folk don't have the opportunity to do something so outside of themselves and their surroundings. Camp Candle wishes to share that feeling that comes from living beyond the limits of a situation through their music, because not everyone can turn to landscaping and tending to sheep as an outlet.
Camp Candle draws their influences from many places. You can find hints of synth pop, hip hop, indie rock, soul, and many other styles of music. Nu Ra, who does 1/2 of the production starts the instrumentation. When Hetepsa brings her flavor, she moves the music along with her lyrics and voice. When it's all melted together, it can only be described as Camp Candle.
Camp Candle plans on touring, connecting with thousands of people, and creating a genuine relationship with all who enjoy their music.
The cassette player in Nu Ra’s new car has been bumping a lot of 80’s disco and R&B. He infused his recent indulgence into this track, taking his children’s fervor for Michael Jackson into consideration. Hetepsa met him in the same realm with the lyrics and melody to complement. The guitar spoke for her and Hetepsa spoke for them, voicing to parody Nu Ra’s desire to pay homage to that era in the music video.
"Fresh off the release of my long-awaited album, Give it a Rest, I’ve been doing the exact opposite of what it’s title suggests. With a new EP waiting in the wings, and releases lined up throughout the year, I will spend 2018 traveling around the globe to write with various producers and artists. Having recently returned from Asia, where I shot three new music videos in late February, I’ll soon be Nashville for a week of writing, followed by three days in Santorini, Greece, where I’ll be attending the Blackrock Songwriting Camp. Mouthful of Shotgun” is about one of those relationships that’s messy and complicated, but the sex is great… so you stick around. This is the first time that ZEALE and I have teamed up on a track, but there’s already more in the mix. His effortless style and ability to capture a mood make him an incredible collaborator."
Nuela is known for her soulful vocals and captivating stage presence and landed 11 TV placements off of her debut album alone. The singles from her 2018 Juno Award nominated sophomore album garnered attention from media outlets like The FADER and were played in heavy rotation on KCRW and CBC Radio. She also added an additional 4 TV placements to her name including ESPN and "Jane The Virgin".
"'Do It Right' came out of a session in Los Angeles with Grammy Award-nominated writer/producer Rob Kleiner. We want to create an upbeat, snappy tune that had some attitude. The song is a bit cheeky and basically says 'if you’re gonna do it, better do it right.' So if you’re gonna try and step to me, step correctly ;)"
Riding on soulful vocals and picked up in the second half by woodwind flourishes, “Texas” is about loneliness and redemption, the soundtrack to a pause for some much needed reflection. The Portland, OR-based act Maxwell Cabana was born in a hazy ‘02 Corolla, in the parking lot of a fried chicken joint up in Seattle. It was there that his journey began, and with a basket of chicken and a mix CD of classic Soul tunes, he got to work. Nowadays, his psychedelic R&B quartet includes Seattle native Murray McCulloch on guitar and vocals, Portland's own Noah Puggarana on keys, and Chicago-born brothers Sean and Jamie Higgins on bass and drums, respectively.
Years in the making, Maxwell’s band began to take shape in early 2016, when Murray McCulloch approached Sean and Jamie Higgins with the concept for the project. The three had played together before in the funky hip-hop outfit Sack Lunch, along with frequent collaborator HB, so they knew the chemistry was already there. Soon afterwards, the three began writing and rehearsing their first material in a damp North Portland basement.
After releasing their first project, a self-titled EP recorded at Cloud City Sound Studios in Portland, the band met keyboardist Noah Puggarana, whose soulful melodies and heady harmonies seemed to effortlessly fill in spaces that the music didn’t even know it had. Since then, Maxwell Cabana and his band have been playing shows around the Portland area, studying, jamming, and refining their sound.
In the summer of 2017, the group linked with producer Joey Cox to record Nothing Changed, their forthcoming release. The EP combines the group's love for old-school R&B and Soul with an affinity for Jazz, Hip-Hop and psychedelia. Maxwell Cabana’s influences range from Tim Maia to Madlib, Donny Hathaway to Gorillaz, and beyond.
Take the purity and resonance of Hozier and pair it with the soulful grit of Son Little. Entitled ’Sons & Daughters’ it is a refreshing throwback to the glory days of Motown, but with a unique modern indie pop interpretation. The single has already had the seal of approval from audio guru Brian Lucey (The Black Keys, Arctic Monkeys) who worked on their album.
About the name of the song: "Sons & Daughters" is the encapsulation of perseverance in the name of change. An attempt to not only survive in the modern world, but to live and flourish. Despite the madness of the times, positive encouragement and reinforcement light the way towards a brighter future. Now is the time to break the chains of yesterday's mistakes and free ourselves with today's knowledge. We are all sons and daughters navigating our ways through life with more similarities between us than differences. Rejoice in these similarities, share the music, spread the love, and know that we will persevere”.
Sound x 3 Records is pleased to announce the worldwide digital release of 'Old Soul New World' by California neo souland indie pop writer and recording artist, John Klezmer aka “Klez” in fall 2017. 'Old Soul New World' is the explosive and aptly titled second EP of Klez, whose music lies somewhere in the nebulous middle of the soul spectrum. Take the purity and resonance of Hozier and pair it with the soulful grit of Son Little, and you get Klez. Old Soul New World is a refreshing throwback to the glory days of Motown. It is Klez unchained and ready to steal the anthems of summer. The EP was recorded in the Bay Area; mixed in Northern California and mastered by audio guru, Brian Lucey (The Black Keys, Artic Monkeys, and Cage the Elephant) at Magic Gardens Mastering in Los Angeles.
Orellana is a neo-classical/post-rock collective hailing from Bristol, UK. Their new album “52”, released in late December, brought in the new year with it’s explosive and intricate sound. The project’s music transcends genre definitions in order to focus on a broad, diverse concept that is more emotional than tangible. This particular release is full of rich and diverse arrangements, but it is also a powerful exercise in minimalism, one that showcases the strength of very few notes placed in the right spots. The simplicity of the arrangement is actually one of the strongest aspects of this entire release: there’s a palpable stillness created by the long, drone notes in the background, which almost makes you feel like the world is happening in slow motion. When the chords and notes change, it feels quite monumental due to the beautiful contrast between the stillness of the background textures and the expressive sound of the guitar-based melodies.
Ali Murray is an ethereal folk songwriter/musician from the cold isle of Lewis in the north of Scotland. He writes dark atmospheric folk music with lush sweeping dreamy soundscapes and Celtic-twinged instrumentation. His new album LAND OF EVERGONE strikes a balance that is intimate and soaring, peaceful and haunting, sad and quietly joyful, delicately reverberating with Murray's dreamy voice and guitar playing.